Gunst named Wisconsin Holstein scholarship winner

Matthew Gunst
Lakeside Lutheran senior Matthew Gunst of Hartford

Baraboo, Wis. – May 13, 2020 – The Wisconsin Holstein Association has named Matthew Gunst a 2020 Wisconsin Holstein Association scholarship recipient. Gunst will be receiving the $1,000 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship, established for John—a young man who touched many lives during his short Junior Holstein career. Given in memory of John who tragically passed away in an accident while exhibiting at one of his favorite events, the Wisconsin Junior State Fair, this scholarship was established by John’s parents, Richard and Roxanne Klossner, and is given each year to a student who is considered a role model to other junior members.

The son of Dennis and Nichole Gunst of Hartford, Matthew is a senior at Lakeside Lutheran High School. He is involved in the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter, his church, and is currently serving on the Junior Activities Committee for the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. He plans to pursue a career as an agricultural lawyer at the University of Minnesota in order to help dairy farmers everywhere.

Gunst is among 16 outstanding individuals that have received scholarships from the Wisconsin Holstein Association this year. The Wisconsin Holstein Association is a not-for-profit membership organization with the purpose of promoting the Wisconsin Holstein Registered Breed, breeders, and owners. For more information visit

 2019-20 Year in Review

Article submitted upon request to Lake Mills Leader newspaper for publication in the Graduation insert released May 2020, specifically to celebrate the class of 2020.

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The new biennial 2019-2021 theme for Lakeside Lutheran celebrates “Witness,” recognizing that all the students have been called to live their faith with the people around them.

Boys track won the overall Capitol Conference title. At the state meet, Collin Schulz placed second in the high jump and Casey Ponyicsanyi medaled in three events. The boys 4×1 relay of Caleb Bilitz, Brevin Jegerlehner, Tersony Vater, Casey Ponyicsanyi took 5th place with a school record of 43.59.

Warrior baseball won the regional championship and had 8 all-conference nominees.

After performing in several June Wisconsin parades, the Warrior Marching Band scored an incredible 93/100 and received first place in the Cherry Royale Parade in July 2019.

At the 60th annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Jefferson County, Warrior FFA hosted a food tent within the 70-acre “Tent City.”

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Okauchee, joined the Lakeside Federation, a group of 32 churches and 20 schools that support LLHS.

August 19 began our 62nd school year with 407 enrolled. New faculty installed included Activities Director Todd Jahns and Eric Dorn, sophomore Religion teacher and boys soccer coach. Kirk DeNoyer, our Executive Director, was inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association for his success at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

A Cappella Choir traveled to 15 area churches sharing God’s Word before cancelling the rest of their Sunday worship services. Warrior Band and choirs held Christmas and Pops concerts and canceled Easter and Commencement. The band marched in the annual Gemutlichkeit parade and presented its annual concert in November with Swing Choir and elementary cadets. Swing Choir joined with a total of 515 student singers for National Choral Fest at Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

Almost 200 students comprise Teens for Christ, kicking off the year by collecting 71 pairs of athletic shoes for kids in need. Members visit nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, prepare meals for foster families and host “New Friends” afternoons for local residents with special needs. They also help Alpha Center in Watertown and Second Harvest in Madison.

Juniors Evelyn Schauer and Mia Murray were awarded a Certificate of Merit from Michigan Technological University’s section of the Society of Women Engineers. The Society of Women Engineers (at) Lakeside Lutheran is a branch of the national SWENext outreach program. Lakeside is one of only two high school branches in the state. To pass along STEM excitement to the next generation, members held a workshop for 33 K-8 girls on March 7.

After strong finishes at both District and State dairy judging competitions last summer, Senior Matthew Gunst qualified for the Wisconsin team at the North American International Livestock Exposition, in Louisville, Ky.

Lady Warrior golf were second in conference and took Regionals! Junior Maya Heckmann was conference Golfer of the Year again, and she and freshman sister Ava went to state.

Freshman Abigail Minning and senior August Gresens advanced to the State Cross Country meet.

Warrior football reached playoff Level 3 as underdogs, defeating higher seeds both weeks. Four players took first team all-conference honors.

The boys soccer team ended with a record of 3-11-0.

Warrior volleyball won conference undefeated, then took regionals. Three girls earned first team all-conference and Ella Collins was named Conference Player of the Year.

The 15-member Academic Bowl team placed 4th of nine teams at the annual Conference competition.

National Honor Society hosted “Tosses for Teens” cornhole tournament Nov. 17, raising over $3,500 to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens.

Wisconsin DPI creates report cards for private schools based on students participating in the choice program. For 2018-19, LLHS received a score of 84.8, a 5-star rating of “significantly exceeds expectations.”

The charter year for the Lakeside Bowling Club, a co-op team of students from Lakeside and Lake Mills High School, wrapped up its first season. The team won three matches and placed 4th in D2.

ACT results for the class of 2019 were released: of 110, 87 wrote the exam. On a 36-point scale, their composite score was 24.1 (state average 20.3), keeping Lakeside in the top 2% of 460+ Wisconsin schools.

At Fall and Spring Conference Math Meets and at the competitive Madison East Math Meet, both Varsity & JV Teams took 1st.

Warrior forensics took first in Conference on Feb. 3 with a total of 333 points, ahead of the second place team with 189.

For the first time in its 3-year history, Warrior Robotics Club sent a team to the State VEX Robotics Championship that included seniors Katelyn McGurk, Trevor Geerdts, and Gilbert Haw.

Haw is also a Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, marking his place in the top 1% of participants, and McGurk won the Kohl Student Initiative Scholarship, which recognizes students who put forth extraordinary effort and have overcome significant obstacles or adversity.

Eighteen Class A entries, including the Warrior Percussion Ensemble and several instrumentalists, pianists and vocalists, were awarded starred-first ratings at the WSMA Solo-Ensemble District level. Altogether, Lakeside had 66 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 85 Warriors.

Winter sports round-up: wrestling (10-4); boys basketball (13-11); girls basketball (14-10). Girls head coach Tim Matthies announced he was stepping down (assistant Andy Asmus to succeed), as did wrestling coach Mike Twohig. Warrior Dance took D3 jazz regional championship and 2nd in D4 pom. Jada Teteak is the first dancer in LL history named to the D3 all-state team.

In February, Warrior FFA celebrated National FFA Week with many ag-related contests and activities. The almost 50-strong group held its annual banquet and recognition night in early March. In addition, they joined forces with the construction class and renovated the school’s greenhouse.

Classes did not resume after 2020 spring break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Online delivery of courses commenced March 25 and finished May 21.

The 9th annual Grand Event dinner/auction was switched to an all-online format held May 9.

92 seniors will graduate. Co-valedictorians are Elise Meier, Megan Reinke, Lauren Thiele, and Grace Westrate. Co-Salutatorians are Isabella Collins and Kirsten Thundercloud.






Schuster earns state Technical Excellence scholarship

Schuster awarded Technical Excellence scholarship

Lakeside Lutheran senior Cole Schuster has earned the Technical Excellence Scholar Award, a scholarship granted by the State of Wisconsin to high school seniors who have the highest demonstrated level of proficiency in technical education subjects.

A four-year FFA member at Lakeside, Schuster was awarded “Most Active Junior” in 2019 and received a State FFA degree in 2020. With a youth dairy apprenticeship and an apprenticeship at Tractor Supply Co. in Columbus, his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) has been rounded outwith field/forage work and animal science on his grandparents’ farm.

Schuster, the son of Thomas and Jessica of Juneau, plans to attend Fox Valley Technical College to study Agricultural Power Equipment.

FFA, Growing Leaders at Conferences

IMG_1169Attending the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October 2019 were AnaCristina Iglesias (Watertown), Cole Schuster (Juneau), Breanna Preskar (Juneau), American Degree recipient Jeremy Nehls (Juneau), Karleena Battist (Lake Mills), Connor Dobson (Johnson Creek), Emma Statz (Helenville), Matthew Gunst (Hartford), Jordyn Jaeger (Lake Mills), Ashley Valerio (Oconomowoc), Haylee Meske (Jefferson), Karissa Kilian (Lake Mills).

FFA is not all just about farming; a key goal is developing future leaders. One of the best opportunities to grow this skill is by attending the different leadership conferences available. Lakeside Lutheran sent members to the Section 10 Leadership Workshop (SLW), 212/360, State and National FFA Conventions.

Gunst, Matthew

At these conferences, participants learn how to make an impact in the community,  increase chapter involvement, and see other opportunities to grow. It is great to take back ideas to the chapter and share newfound knowledge with them. Another useful part of leadership conferences is networking with peers and using those connections in the future. However, leadership conferences are not serious the whole time, as there are many activities, such as dances and parties, there as well. These conferences are a great way to build leadership skills, make new friends, and have a great time while doing so!

—Matthew Gunst


My experience at the Washington Leadership Conference

Last summer I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., the highest level of leadership conference in FFA. Due to the high interest and participation in this conference, the National FFA holds seven different weeks of this event. The first experience at conference is finding our roommates for the week. Rooming with strangers encourages attendees to meet new people and form new friendships quickly. The next few days are filled with learning about how we can make a difference in the world and how much of an impact a small gesture can make. 

While furthering our knowledge of how to grow as leaders, we were also able to explore everything that D.C. has to offer. One of the most remarkable places to visit is the Holocaust museum. We spent time exploring the incredibly moving museum and took in everything it had to offer. Towards the end of the week, all of the attendees experienced a “poverty dinner.” While entering the room, everyone received a card which told them where to sit for dinner that night, which ultimately represented various social classes. There were the high class, middle class, lower class, and those who were extremely poor. Those who represented the poor were seated on the floor and served a small plate of rice to be shared among a large group. Students representing the middle class were able to get in line for their meal while the lower class were only allowed to eat after they served the higher class people their meal. This moving demonstration went on to show how much of the world lived in poverty and displayed how few are high to middle class compared to those who are truly living in poverty all around the world.

Each week of the conference, the attendees also worked hard to package over 52,000 meals through a company called Meals for Hope. This organization uses the assembly line approach to make a large number of meals in a short amount of time with a small number of people. The Washington Leadership Conference works very hard to show to kids not only the needs in our country but also the vast needs around the world. Everyone in attendance was given the wonderful opportunity to grow as a leader, but we were also given a look into the need in the world and how we have a chance to make a large impact on the world.

—Breanna Preskar

Preskar, Breanna


Developing a Passion   

SAE is an acronym for “supervised agricultural experience,” an activity done outside of class time in which students develop and apply their agricultural knowledge and skills to something that they may pursue as a career in the future. SAEs teach students more than just math or science. It teaches them real-world applications and allows them to get hands-on experience in the field of their choice. An SAE also provides a sense of responsibility and self-motivation to students. 


There are many different and individualized SAEs that students may choose from. With the Lakeside Lutheran FFA, members have a wide variety of SAEs available. For example, senior Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek, is pursuing two SAEs, one in beef placement, and the other in ag mechanics. In his beef placement SAE, he has worked on his grandparents’ Hereford farm, managing and showing registered Hereford cattle. Connor’s ag mechanics SAE involves his pursuit of a CNC machining and welding career. 

In another example, sophomore Mya Hemling of Beaver Dam works with her parents, Bill and Michelle, in a variety of pens as they raise pheasants, chukars and other game birds for sale.  They plan to create private hunting grounds in the future.


—Ashley Valerio

Valeria, Ashley


Serve One Another


As members of the FFA, we love to help out our community. We do this through our 

service projects. Over the past couple years, examples of these have included “Adopt-a-Highway” little pick-up, landfill cleanups to raise funds for Lakeside’s Operation Go mission trips, “Kiss-a-Calf” fundraiser for the humane society, “Kiss-a-Pig” fundraiser for Apache missions, and a barn clean-up.

In 2019, $951.16 was donated from students, staff and the Lakeside FFA to the Humane Society of Jefferson County.  Our thanks to Mr. Sievert for being the “winning” teacher.

Please contact our advisor if you have a need that FFA members may be able to assist with for a cause.

Karissa Kilian

KIllian, Karissa



FFA Week 2020



FFA week is an exciting time for FFA chapters across the nation. With over 700,000 members, the National FFA is the largest youth organization in the country. At Lakeside Lutheran, our members plan a full week of activities. During the Lakeside Federation LES basketball tournament Feb. 14-16, an Open House was held in Tech Ed, Ag Ed and FFA areas of the school, hosted by FFA members and alumni, featuring tours and ice cream treats for campus visitors.  Highlights included seeing the 3D printer and laser engraver with CAD applications in the computer lab, welding in the metals/small engines lab, and viewing projects done by Woods and the Construction Trades class students.

Throughout the week, FFA members host activities that encourage involvement by the whole school and beyond. On Monday, with no high school classes in session, more than 50 teens still came in to host Kinderfest for 200 area Lutheran grade school kindergartners. FFA members taught lessons on pork at one station and hosted a petting zoo at another. On Tuesday through Friday mornings, competitions with an agriculture connection were hosted before school, including grapefruit “bowling,” bolt and cup stacking. During lunch periods, speed races focus on milk chugging, eating ice cream, Cheerio “racing” with chopsticks and Oreo races. FFA students also host a staff appreciation breakfast Thursday before school.

Finally, this year’s service project is a fundraiser for the Jefferson Food Pantry. Donations of cash or items including shampoo, flour, sugar or soup will add up, and a “winning” volunteer from the competing groups of volleyball, boys basketball, drama, Stem Club/NHS, and band will result in a pie-in-the-face the following week. 

—Connor Dobson

Dobson, Connor


Top LLHS News of 2018

As Lakeside Lutheran High School looks forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value—not to mention, enjoyment—in reviewing the year past. The LLHS good news team took a look at the 49 Warrior stories from our blog and 609 other social media posts released in calendar year 2018 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention, celebrated accomplishments, introduced a new aspect, or were a major change for your Lakeside Lutheran High School and its community. Enjoy the year in review!

April: 1st Youth Apprentice program participant

NehlsJeremy Nehls, class of 2018, was Lakeside’s first participant in the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program. YA is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning at a worksite along with classroom instruction. Nehls worked at the Robert Schwandt Jr. and S.E. Schwandt Sr. Farms near Juneau. YA is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative done under the supervision of the state’s Department of Workforce Development and serves a wide variety of career programs.

May: 1,000+ Warrior mark at Lighthouse

Lighthouse1000We broke the 1,000th-Warrior mark for visitors to the Lighthouse Youth Center of Milwaukee. This is the 12th year of a partnership that provides sophomore Warriors in Pastor Clark Schultz’s Word of God classes the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy new experiences. Pastor Jim Buske, LL class of ’93 and director at Lighthouse, visits his alma mater each year to present Warrior teens this opportunity to live their faith. On May 1, 2018, Lighthouse reported that Jacob Horta, class of 2020, was the 1,000th Lakeside Lutheran Warrior to step through the doors of under this program.

June: Two state champions in four days

With a score of 147 (+3), junior Lukas Heckmann captured the WIAA D2 golf championship on June 5. The previous day, Heckmann opened the state tournament at Madison’s University Ridge course with a 4-under-par 68 that was the best score of the day, regardless of division. He was named Capitol Conference Golfer of the Year, All-State Second-Team, Madison All-Area Player of the Year. Three days previous, sophomore Collin Schulz took the D2 boys high jump title with a jump of 6’6 at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, June 2, at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Collin also smashed the school record in 2018 with a jump of 6’9 earlier in the season.

June: A Cappella sings National Anthem

A CapOn June 11, more than 500 Warrior family and friends packed the stands for the second year in a row to hear our A Cappella choir members sing the National Anthem to kick off a Brewers game, this year vs. the Chicago Cubs. Though the Brew Crew lost the battle that night, they proceeded to capture the NL Central title with a 96-67 season win-loss record (winning the tiebreaker game over the Cubs [95-68] in October).


June: Drama wins prize for favorite photo

Nifty FiftiesOur “Nifty Fifties” script provider, Pioneer Drama Service, ran a contest for best photo submitted on its Facebook page in spring, as voted by its Facebook page visitors. Student photographer Taylor Wolfram, class of ‘19, snapped a great action pic of a dancing Donald (Isaiah Coleman, class of 2018). Our photo took 1st place (with 450 votes) and the LLHS drama department received a $200 gift certificate good for play materials, royalties, or books!

August: Several new faculty faces

IMG_2317 InstallmentFour new full-time faculty members were installed at the start of the 2018-19 school year, the largest number at once since the 2000-01 school year. Mr. Justin Vanderhoof (second from left) teaches English and Geography and coaches football and track. Mrs. Hannah Uher teaches Science and coaches soccer and cross country. Mr. Nate Sievert teaches in the Math and Phy Ed departments and coaches basketball and track. Pictured at right, Pastor Michael Helwig teaches Word of God classes and directs Operation Go mission trips. We also welcomed back Word of God adjunct instructor Pastor Christopher Koschnitzke (leftmost in photo) for another year.


August: Inaugural STEM Academy year

STEM-polos-logo-cross-colorThe 2018-19 school year marked the inaugural year of our STEM Academy, a special program for students interested in taking engineering or biomedical sciences in their post-secondary education. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and the Academy is designed to add classes yearly as this first-year cohort ages through the school. The program is using Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curricula administered through Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The first class includes 19 students enrolled in “Introduction to Engineering Design” (IED), facilitated by Academy Director Andrew Willems. Next fall, the second course in the series, “Principles of Engineering,” will be available. Successful performance in the high school courses earns students college credit at participating PLTW universities.


November: Fourth round playoff football

footballOur Capitol North Conference champs had the longest run in football program history through the WIAA playoffs this season, reaching the fourth round of the playoffs. They defeated Beloit Turner, River Valley, and Edgerton in consecutive Friday night playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Racine St. Catherine’s in the state semifinal on November 9.

Bsuer footballSome sweet icing was added when Head Coach Paul also received accolades from the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Lakeside Lutheran entered with an experienced core and delivered on that promise, led by coach Paul Bauer,” the release read. “For his efforts, Bauer was named the Wisconsin State Journal/ All-Area football coach of the year.”



November: Math team participation sets record

After a remarkable October showing when both our Varsity and JV math teams took first place at the highly-competitive Madison LaFollette meet, November saw a record number of students—117!— participate in the Fall Capitol Conference Math Meet.

math(That’s more than a quarter of our students.) The results are in and, according to math team advisor Todd Hackbarth, “God once again blessed Lakeside with incredible success!” Varsity Team #1 took first overall. Juniors Gil Haw took 1st and Trevor Geerdts placed 5th individually. JV Team #1 took first & JV Team #2 took third in Capitol North. Individually, sophomores Lydia Buxa placed 3rd and Ashley Grundman & Ella Butzine tied for 4th.

December: Greenhouse updates complete

Thanks to a team effort from the Agricultural Survey class, FFA, and the construction class, the courtyard greenhouse, mostly unused for almost 10 years,  was recently renewed and revamped. The construction class built benches from recycled benches donated by St. Coletta, Jefferson, and a fan was added too. Jefferson County AgriBusiness Club also helped pay for benches, and over $2,000 of supplies and equipment were covered by donations from the Lake Mills Rotary Club and last spring’s Grand Event bidders. An HVAC contractor helped with a furnace over Christmas break and the greenhouse is winter-ready! This will help future students learn and work with the greenhouse as part of the Ag Survey course.

FFA celebrates another year, looks forward to next

On Tuesday, March 6, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held its fourth annual banquet.

Dobson speaks at 2018 FFA banquetKeynote speaker, Annah Dobson, is a 2016 LLHS graduate who attends UW-River Falls, where she is majoring in Agricultural Marketing-Communications. With a passion for Hereford cattle, she served as the National Hereford Queen for 2017.

The Lakeside FFA Alumni held an auction, with the proceeds going to send four FFA members to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C this summer.

Members received a variety of membership awards. Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Four-year member seniors include Alyssa Condon, Jeremy Nehls, Emily Weber, Meghan Splinter, and Noah Gartner.

DSC09884Other students recognized were  Star Greenhand: Haylee Meske; Chapter FFA Degree: Breanna Preskar; Most Active Junior: Kyle Leis; State FFA Degree and State Proficiency: Jeremy Nehls; and State FFA Choir: Benjamin Huebner.

Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Ag Processing and Beef: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner; and Swine: Emily Meske. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.

LLHS FFA 2018-19 officersThe officers elected for the 2018-19 year are Treasurer, Savannah Steffen; Sentinel, Maddison Fenner; President, Caitlin Condon; Vice President, Matthew Gunst; Chaplain, Connor Dobson; Historian, Karleena Battist; Reporter, Breanna Preskar; Secretary, Emily Meske.

The Warrior FFA also gave out awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Principal Jim Grasby was given the Honorary FFA Degree, Vicki and Mark Cichanofsky were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Ryan and Kim Degner and Pastor Clark Schultz were recognized as Friends of Lakeside FFA. Steve and Kathy Duwe were given the traveling donor plaque to display their support of the Lakeside FFA.

Warriors Celebrates National FFA Week

Joining over 600,000 other FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter members led the school in a celebration of National FFA Week from February 17-24.
To kick off the celebration, on Sat. Feb 17, Lakeside observed Career and Technology Education Month in Wisconsin by holding an open house for grade schoolers. They toured the tech ed wing and learned about the Ag Survey class, as well as videography, CAD, woods, metals technology, small engines, construction, advanced career tech, programming, web design, and FACS classes.
On Monday, Feb 19, 140 kindergartners attended Lakeside’s Kinderfest and saw an FFA-sponsored petting zoo and classroom lesson.
Kinderfest—a day when over 150 Kindergarteners visit Lakeside Lutheran—included an opportunity for the children to learn about FFA—and pet pigs, cows, cats, and chickens.
Other FFA Week activities include a Kiss-A-Pig contest. Three teachers—Lance Johnson, Jim Bauer, and Caleb Davisson—were assigned piggy banks. Jim Bauer raised the most in donations and kissed a live pig at the school assembly on Friday. Almost $400 was raised and then matched by FFA. The money was sent to an Apache reservation mission in Arizona, where it will support garden plots for youth and home-building lessons.
Mr. Jim Bauer, who has taught at Lakeside Lutheran since 1999, won the Kiss-A-Pig contest where students raised almost $800 for an Apache mission in Arizona. By having the most money donated to his “piggy bank,” Bauer won the opportunity to kiss a pig that junior Austin Meyer held; Bauer will be retiring at the end of this school year.
Before school activities included frozen chicken bowling, Lasso-a-Bale, bale toss, and “Hammer a Nail” race. Lunchroom festivities included a brain-freezing ice cream cup race and a race to drink a pint of milk through a straw.


As part of Lakeside Lutheran’s FFA week, students participated in chicken bowling and lassoing contests before school. Gabe Uttech demonstrates an ability to lasso on fellow freshman John O’Donnell.
Lakeside Lutheran, in partnership with Lake Mills High School agriscience students, hosted a representative from Waupun Equipment who spoke about farming technology, such as use of drones, iPad apps, and GPS in a tractor from Case New Holland.
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Precision farming specialist Justin Premo, of Waupun Equipment, spoke to interested Lakeside and Lake MIlls High School students about GPS/ Engine technology in a CASE New Holland tractor.
The 4th Annual LLHS FFA Banquet will be held March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter, chartered in 2015, has grown to 42 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. It’s a reminder that agriculture is the foundation of our nation—yet fewer than two percent are farmers—and 10 percent of all jobs move food, fiber, and fuel to consumers. Whether in STEM careers or as veterinarians, researchers, and manufacturers, agriculture needs great young minds to continue the rich traditions of our past.
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 $2.7 million in scholarships annually.