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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

Melcher, Voigt awarded LLHS FFA Alumni scholarship

SONY DSC​Seniors Melissa Melcher, daughter of Thomas Melcher of Watertown, and Nicholas Voigt, son of Kevin and Amy Voigt of Juneau, were awarded Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni Scholarships at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. They were awarded scholarships based on academic performance, FFA involvement and leadership, and their intent to continue education in an agriculture-related field. The awards, $300 and $700 respectively, were presented by Kevin Voigt (leftmost) and Mark Cichanofsky, both LLHS alumni.

The LLHS FFA Alumni group works to support, preserve, and enhance the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter, and assist with its positive impact in the larger community. For more information about the LLHS FFA Alumni, contact Tech and Career Education adviser Jeff Meske at 920-648-2321.

Warrior FFA hosts 3rd annual banquet

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.

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Officers for 2017-2018 Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter were announced at the third annual Lakeside Lutheran FFA banquet: (standing, from left) Caitlin Condon, Cole Schuster, Matthew Gunst, Emily Meske, Benjamin Huebner, Jeremy Nehls, Connor Dobson, Emily Weber.

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.

Warrior FFA Celebrates National Week

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.
 
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The Lakeside Lutheran Chapter will celebrate National FFA week with a variety of fun activities such as a bale tossing competition, February 19-25.
 
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.
FFA speaking contest winners 2017
Competing at the District FFA speaking contest in Palmyra-Eagle High School on February 13 were (L-R), Matt Gunst, 2nd in FFA Creed recitation, Caitlin Condon (part of parly pro team, see below), Emily Weber, 2nd in Extemporaneous Speech, and Nick Voigt, who along with Condon, Mindy Meske, Emily Meske and Madeline Mielke (not pictured) were the 1st place parliamentary procedure team.  The top two finishers in each category compete in East Troy on March 15 at the Section 10 speaking contest.
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.