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.
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.
Nicholas Voigt, son of Kevin and Amy Voigt of Juneau, was awarded a $500 Watertown Agri-business Club Scholarship, presented by Dave Brock at the recent Academic Awards Night held at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Students are eligible to receive the scholarship after participating at the annual June Dairy breakfast. Voigt has been an active member of the Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter; he plans to attend Fox Valley Technical College for an associates’ degree in Agriculture Power Equipment.
Annah Dobson, daughter of Roger and Rachelanne Dobson, Johnson Creek, was awarded the inaugural Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The $250.00 award was presented to Dobson by Kevin Voigt, president of the Alumni group.
Dobson was awarded the scholarship based on her academic performance, FFA involvement and leadership and intention to continue her education in an agriculture-related field. Dobson plans to attend UW-River Falls for Agricultural Marketing Communications.
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. Future plans for scholarship program is to continue to offer scholarships for Lakeside FFA members continuing in agriculture-related education after high school, and also potentially offer scholarships to seniors at Lakeside not in FFA who plan to pursue interests in agriculture (food, fuels and fiber). For more information about the LLHS FFA Alumni, contact Tech and Career Education adviser Jeff Meske at 920-648-2321.
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