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.
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.
On Tuesday, March 28, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held their third annual banquet with 106 people attending. For the 2016-17 school year, the Lakeside FFA grew from 37 members to 46.
Keynote speaker Garry Gard, a grain merchandiser from Didion Grain, spoke to the members, families, and guests about some of the 50 uses of field corn in their homes. He shared that 80,000 bushels of grain are milled in Cambria each day and shipped around the world for use in protein bars, grits, adhesives and ethanol.
The Lakeside FFA Alumni held its second annual live auction where an assortment of bird feeders, clothing, gift baskets and a rocking chair were auctioned. The total profit was $2,000; this year, $1,000 will be returned to senior FFA members who complete a scholarship application and plan to continue their education at tech schools or college.
Members received a variety of membership awards. Four-year member seniors include Brett Cichanofsky, Haley Kooiman, Mindy Meske, Hailey Stade and Nick Voigt. Stars Over the Chapter are Star Greenhand: Cole Schuster; Most Active Sophomore: Emily Meske; Most Active Junior: Jeremy Nehls; Star in Placement: Brett Cichanofsky; and Star FFA Member and Dekalb Agriculture Award: Nick Voigt.
Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Sheep: Nick Voigt; Equine (placement and entrepreneur): Melissa Melcher; Dairy Placement: Jeremy Nehls; Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Food Service: Emily Meske; Goat Production: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; and Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.
The Warrior FFA also gave out three key awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Steve Duwe was bestowed the Honorary FFA Degree, Kevin and Amy Voigt were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Cody Aiken was recognized as the Friend of Lakeside FFA in helping with the second annual corn test plot.
Joining over 600,000 FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran Chapter members will lead the school in a celebration of National FFA Week February 19-25.
To kick off the week, Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni invites all interested parents and supporters of career education to meet in the Lakeside Lutheran Tech Ed room on Sunday, February 19, from 1-4 p.m. to hear about activities from throughout the year. Pizza will be supplied.
Official FFA Week activities begin Monday when Lakeside FFA members gear up for the celebration by working with almost 200 kindergartners who visit the campus on the annual KinderFest day. FFA students teach the children about unique foods grown and made in Wisconsin, as well as facilitate interaction with a variety of small and large animals.
On Tuesday, the winner of the second annual coloring contest will receive a $20 gas card. A thank you breakfast is also served to faculty and staff, and the monthly meeting is held that night. On Wednesday, FFA members wear official dress and chapter t-shirts, and distribute a Hershey kiss with a fact card that highlights reasons to join FFA and dispels common myths that members have to live on a farm or are required to show a project at the fair.
Throughout the week, “Ag Trivia” will be played during two of the lunch periods, and a race to eat ice cream cups and drink a pint of milk will fill the remainder of the week. Students may also participate in the before-school “Ag Olympics,” which includes nail-hammering, bale throwing and lassoing, and frozen chicken bowling. Winners receive candy bars.
The Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter, chartered in 2015, has grown to 46 members who attend leadership conferences, organize service projects, and develop projects related to animals, plants and natural resources in and outside of the classroom. Members can compete in career development or judging events in areas such as veterinary science, dairy products, floriculture and livestock.
Designated in 1947 during the week of George Washington’s birthday for his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer, National FFA Week aims to share the advantages of FFA membership and show appreciation for the diversity of careers relating to agriculture as it feeds, clothes and fuels the world’s population. FFA is the world’s largest youth organization, creating leaders who explore careers through ag and technical education. From its start in 1928 in Kansas City, MO, with 33 young men, National FFA now offers a variety of awards, including over $2.1 million in scholarships annually.
Joining over 600,000 other FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter members will lead the school in a celebration of “National FFA Week” February 22-26.
Lakeside FFA members geared up for next week’s celebration by working with almost 200 kindergartners who visited Lakeside this week during the annual KinderFest day. FFA students taught a child-friendly lesson on some of the 20,000 uses of soybeans through video and hands-on demonstrations. The session ended with an FFA invitation to enter a kindergarten coloring contest.
Official FFA Week activities begin Monday. There is also a coloring contest for staff and students due in the office by Tuesday, 2/23 with a $20 gas card as a prize. All week, a daily clue will be given to find a cow eraser in a scavenger hunt, and “Ag Trivia” will be played during lunch periods; both activities offer candy bar prizes donated by the Lakeside FFA Alumni. All students are welcome to win a candy bar by entering “Ag Olympics” mornings before school in the Woods lab. Tuesday’s competition is driving a nail; Thursday’s is frozen chicken bowling; Friday brings bale tossing by the dumpsters.
On Monday, FFA members wear official dress and chapter t-shirts, and will host a staff appreciation breakfast. The chapter’s monthly meeting will be held Tuesday night with pizza at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the Columbus High School FFA has invited Lakeside FFA members to Columbus to meet and greet National FFA President, Ms. Taylor McNeel, from Arkansas, as she visits Wisconsin. After chapel on Wednesday, all students receive a Hershey kiss with an ag fact card. On Thursday, a “guidance-complete” New Holland tractor will be available during Small Engine and Ag Survey classes for demonstrations in the parking lot, made possible thanks to Waupun Implement. On Friday, students are invited to the first annual milk chug during lunch.
The Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter, chartered in 2015, has grown to 36 members who attend conferences, organize service projects, and develop skills in projects related to animals, plants and natural resources. Members can compete in career development or judging events in areas such as veterinary science, dairy products, floriculture and livestock.
As students at Lakeside continue to prepare for their futures and eternity, the FFA theme for the year uses Luke 10:2 “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” as a dual reminder–both for the need for gospel outreach and also the need for workers in the field of agriculture and natural resources. According to a Purdue University study sponsored by the USDA, 54,400 annual jobs exist for college graduates in the areas of food, renewable energy, and environment.
According to UW-Madison, agriculture accounts for $88.3 billion of our state’s economy and 413,500 jobs. With most people now being 3-5 generations removed from “the farm,” FFA helps to educate others about where safe food and stocked shelves fill the connection between the “farm to your fork.”
Designated in 1947 during the week of George Washington’s birthday for his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer, National FFA Week aims to share the advantages of FFA membership. Common myths that are that members must live on a farm or are required to show at a fair. The reality is that any student can join at any time by contacting an FFA member. FFA is the world’s largest youth organization, creating leaders who explore careers through ag and technical education. From its start in 1928 in Kansas City, MO, with 33 young men, National FFA now offers a variety of awards, including over $2.1 million in scholarships annually