Warrior FFA places first in photo contest

The Lakeside Lutheran High School FFA chapter recently placed first in Wisconsin in The Climate Corporation’s Corn Disease Image Contest and, as a result, received $500.

Warrior FFA students surprised with award
LLHS FFA officers were happily surprised to hear their chapter had won $500 in a photo contest sponsored by The Climate Corporation and Jung Seeds.

As part of the national contest, students needed to photograph and correctly identify various corn diseases. They were judged on the quality of the photos as well as correct identification. The Climate Corporation will add contributed images from all around the country to a disease and stress image database that assists farmers with diagnosis and treatment of affected crops.

The chapter has designated the $500 gift card toward the long-range plan of renovating the school’s greenhouse. It needs heat, modified ventilation, new tables to allow for plant watering and ideas to have aquaponics with using gutters on the wall to hydroponically water the plants and have fish nutrients fertilize the plants. The chapter is exploring grant options.

Lakeside Lutheran FFA places first in photo contest
Attending the presentation were (from left): Daniel Ploesser, Climate Corporation Business Manager; Tanner Dunn, Climate Corporation Customer Success Specialist; Jeremy Nehls, Juneau, Warrior FFA sentinel; Thomas Mortimer III, Monsanto Area Business Manager; Emily Meske, Jefferson, Historian; Cole Schuester, Juneau, Vice President; Caitlin Condon, Juneau, President; Matthew Gunst, Hartford, Secretary; Benjamin Huebner, Madison, Chaplain; Cody Aiken, District Sales Manager, Jung Seeds; Jeff Meske, Warrior FFA advisor.

 

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Principal’s Pen: I’ve had it.

By now, you may have had it!

Soon after school begins, Christmas decorations appear in stores. Then, sales start. Finally, it —Christmas music with messages of family, good times, presents, and Santa—commences. Although many love the season, just as many find it overwhelming or depressing.

christmas_12425CIn a world that does not know the true reason for Christmas, Christians must continually remind themselves, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

By nature, we are not upright and godly. Sin so corrupts our nature that the psalmist’s words fit everyone perfectly: “All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one” (14:3). In short, we have no hope.

In his grace and mercy, God sent One to pay sin’s price. His Son became human, lived spotlessly, died innocently, and rose victoriously to pay humankind’s debt for sin. No human effort, man-made strategy, or mortal plan could accomplish our salvation. It is full and free divine grace to all who hold the Savior by faith.

The angel’s proclamation that first Christmas was “music” to the shepherds’ ears. Imagine their joy when the angels announced, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Their joy compelled them to find him. It led them to “[glorify and praise] God for all the things they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:20). The shepherd’s jubilation may well be called the world’s first Christmas “song.”

Don’t despair. Soon, the Christmas decorations will be stored. The unsold merchandise will disappear. The sappy, commercialized music will end.

But, our joy and hope in the Savior will not. It lives because Jesus truly is “the Messiah, the Lord.” God bless your Christmas celebration!

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org