2017 Banquet

The 2016-2017 year was a very successful year for the Cashton FFA. We had many award winners and accomplished many things. The end of the year awards banquet was held  on May 21, 2017 at the Cashton Community Hall. FFA members, alumni members, families, and community members came to share a night to recognize the achievements of the Cashton FFA Chapter and its members. The event started off with opening ceremonies and a welcome by chapter president Angela Klinkner. They were then dismissed to get food while a video recapping the year’s events was shown.

The Honorary Chapter Degree is the highest degree the chapter can bestow on an individual or group in the community. This year’s recipient was Mark Gronemus. We would like to thank him for all he does for the chapter. Middle school members participated in many activities this year. All middle school members were recognized. 7th and 8th grade students are eligible for the Discovery Degree. This years recipients are Megan Culpitt and Mckenzie Peters; the star Discovery Degree winner was Megan Culpitt. The first degree high school students are eligible for is the Greenhand Degree. This years recipients are Jasmine Felch, Allison Brownell, William Balsdon, Rachel Klinkner, and Lily Adams; the recipient of the star Greenhand degree is Rachel Klinkner. The second degree a high school student is eligible for and the highest degree the chapter can bestow upon a member is the Chapter Degree. This year Jasmine Felch and William Balsdon received the Chapter Degree, and the Star winner was William Balsdon.

An award is given to all members who have been in the chapter for 4 years, their entire high school career, to thank them for all they have done for the chapter. This years Senior Members were Rebecca Gronemus, Angela Klinkner, Sierra Hanley, Nicholas Gronemus, Trevor Hemmersbach, Austin Larson, Avrie Butzler, Helen Flock, Noah Flock, Natasha Neubauer, and Kyle Lundgren were also eligible to get a scholarship from the Cashton FFA Alumni. The following received scholarships; Rebecca Gronemus, Angela Klinkner, Sierra Hanley, and Natasha Neubauer. The following seniors will also be awarded the State Degree at the Wisconsin State FFA convention in June; Angela Klinkner, Rebecca Gronemus, Sierra Hanley, Nicholas Gronemus, and Trevor Hemmersbach. The following FFA members received their American degree: Alex Hurtz, Josh Korn, and Ryan Osuski. Every year a member is chosen to receive the Dekalb award; that member has gone above and beyond to improve our chapter’s development. This year’s recipient was Rebecca Gronemus.

Members who participated in Speaking Contest and Career Development Events were also recognized for their achievements. Individual members and families who made quota or sold over a thousand dollars of fruit during fruit sale were recognized. This year’s top individual was Trevor Hemmersbach, and the top family was Rebecca and Nick Gronemus. This past year was a successful one for the Cashton FFA when it came to Soils Judging. Those who participated in summer soils were acknowledged, along with Angela Klinkner, Rebecca Gronemus, Trevor Hemmersbach, and Taylor Hanley who placed 1st in the state and went to the National Competition.

There is certain criteria that an FFA member must meet for the chapter and Cashton High School in order to receive a letter in FFA. The following members met those requirements and received 1st time letters: Allison Brownell, Rachel Klinkner, Lily Adams, Katelyn Schmitz, Kirsten Klinkner, Sarah Flock, Brianna Wanek, Emma Gronemus, Alannah Kast, Brett Butzler, Loren Olson, Brady Butzler, Alex Erickson, Kyah Flock, Helen Flock, Avrie Butzler, and Noah Flock. The following members received their second letters: Rian Gronemus, Nick Lasky, William Balsdon, Odessa Hemmersbach, Devon Olson, Mark Leis, Jasmine Felch, Kyle Lundgren. The following members received their third letters: Taylor Hanley, Taylor Menzynski, Sierra Hanley, Nick Gronemus, Rebecca Gronemus, Angela Klinkner, Trevor Hemmersbach, and Austin Larson.

Members were also awarded based on their Supervised Agriculture Experiences; they were given Proficiency Awards. Ryan Osuski, Jestin Hemmersbach, Taylor Hanley, Sierra Hanley, Nick Gronemus, Rebecca Gronemus,  Angela Klinkner, Trevor Hemmersbach, William Balsdon, Mark Leis, Brady Butzler,  and Devon Olson revived chapter level Proficiency Awards. Alex Hurtz will be receiving a gold rated state Proficiency Award at the Wisconsin State FFA Convention in June.  This year the Cashton FFA chapter will be sending four members to the State Convention and State Fair to participate in the Wisconsin State FFA Honors Band and Choir. Angela Klinkner, Rachel Klinkner and Lily Adams will be playing in the band. Taylor Hanley will be singing in the choir.

The 2016-2017 Cashton FFA Banquet rounded out with the Installation of new officers. The officers leaving this year were seniors Angela Klinkner, Rebecca Gronemus, Sierra Hanley, Nicholas Gronemus,and Kyle Lundgren. The new Cashton FFA Officer Team is Taylor Hanley-President, Taylor Menzynski- Vice President, Devon Olson– Vice President Rachel Klinkner– Secretary, William Balsdon– Treasurer, Allison Brownell– Reporter, Lily Adams-Historian, Jasmine Felch-Parliamentarian and Sarah Flock– Sentinel. The Banquet ended with Closing Ceremonies.

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Wisconsin State Fair

West Allis, WIS., August 11-14, 2016 – The Wisconsin State FFA Band and Choir preformed at the 165th Wisconsin State Fair. Two Cashton FFA members preformed in these groups; Taylor Hanley was apart of the Choir, and Angela Klinkner was in the Band. They preformed various genres of songs in different places around the fair grounds. They made new friends and had so much fun. If you would like to learn more about the State FFA Choir or Band please contact us or go to http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/.

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2016 Monroe County Fair

The 2016 Monroe County Fair was held at the Tomah Recreation Park, July 27-31. This year’s theme for the fair was Rock’N’Roll.Sixteen Cashton FFA members showed dairy, swine, sheep, beef, and rabbits. Angela Klinkner, Devon Olson, Rachel Klinkner, Izzy Mason, and Brianna Wanek all showed dairy cattle. Taylor Hanley, Preston Schrier, Brady Butzler, Alex Hurtz, Angela Klinkner, Ryan Osuski, Rachel Klinkner, and Jestin Hemmersbach all showed swine. Members that showed sheep were Bonita Hanley, Taylor Menzynski, Sierra Hanley, Marissa Schaldach, Annie Schrier, Katelyn Schmitz, and Devon Olson. Preston Schrier also showed beef; Katelyn Schmitz and Annie Schrier showed rabbits.  Some of the members were able to sell their animals at the Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday night. Before the auction, there was a meal where buyers could interact with the youth selling in the auction. This meal was served by the Cashton FFA Chapter.  All in all, the Monroe County Fair was very successful for Cashton FFA members.

2016 Banquet

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The 2015-2016 year was a very successful year for the Cashton FFA. We had many award winners and accomplished many things. The end of the year awards banquet was held  on May 18, 2016 at the Cashton Community Hall. FFA members, alumni members, families, and community members came to share a night to recognize the achievements of the Cashton FFA Chapter and its members. The event started off with opening ceremonies and a welcome by chapter president Angela Klinkner. They were then dismissed to get food while a video recapping the year’s events was shown.

The Honorary Chapter Degree is the highest degree the chapter can bestow on an individual or group in the community. This year’s recipient was Denise Osuski. We would like to thank her for all she does for the chapter. Middle school members participated in many activities this year. All middle school members were recognized. 7th and 8th grade students are eligible for the Discovery Degree. This years recipients are Bonita Hanley, Isobel Mason, and Annie Schreier; the star Discovery Degree winner was Annie Schreier. The first degree high school students are eligible for is the Greenhand Degree. This years recipients are Kyah Flock, Rian Gronemus, Odessa Hemmersbach, and Ashley Kempf; the recipient of the star Greenhand degree is Odessa Hemmersbach. The second degree a high school student is eligible for and the highest degree the chapter can bestow upon a member is the Chapter Degree. This year Brady Butzler, Taylor Hanley, and Devon Olson received the Chapter Degree, and the Star winner was Taylor Hanley.

An award is given to all members who have been in the chapter for 4 years, their entire high school career, to thank them for all they have done for the chapter. This years Four Year Members were Ryan Osuski, Alex Hurtz, Jestin Hemmersbach, Josh Korn, and Jaden Schmitz. These members were also eligible to get a scholarship from the Cashton FFA Alumni. The following recieved scholarships, Ryan Osuski, Alex Hurtz, Josh Korn,and Jaden Schmitz. The following seniors will also be awarded the State Degree at the Wisconsin State FFA convention in June, Ryan Osuski, Alex Hurtz, and Josh Korn. Every year a member is chosen to receive the Dekalb award; that member has gone above and beyond to improve our chapter’s development. This year’s recipient was Alex Hurtz.

Members who participated in Speaking Contest and Career Development Events were also recognized for their achievements. Individual members and families who made quota or sold over a thousand dollars of fruit during fruit sale were recognized. This year’s top individual was Josh Korn, and the top family was Rebecca and Nick Gronemus. This past year was a successful one for the Cashton FFA when it came to Soils Judging. Those who participated in summer soils were acknowledged, along with Alex Hurtz, Sierra Hanley, Josh Korn, and Nick Gronemus who placed 1st in the state and went to the National Competition.

There is certain criteria that an FFA member must meet for the chapter and Cashton High School in order to receive a letter in FFA. The following members met those requirements and received 1st time letters: William Balsdon, Rian Gronemus, Odessa Hemmersbach, Jasmine Felch, Kyle Lundgren, Devon Olson, Mark Leis, and Ashley Kempf. The following members received their second letters: Josh Korn, Jaden Schmitz, Ryan Osuski, Jestin Hemmersbach, Taylor Hanley, Sierra Hanley, Nick Gronemus, Rebecca Gronemus, Alex Hurtz, Angela Klinkner, Trevor Hemmersbach, and Austin Larson.

Members were also awarded based on their Supervised Agriculture Experiences; they were given Proficiency Awards. Ryan Osuski, Jestin Hemmersbach, Taylor Hanley, Sierra Hanley, Nick Gronemus, Rebecca Gronemus,  Angela Klinkner, Trevor Hemmersbach, William Balsdon, Mark Leis, Brady Butzler,  and Devon Olson revived chapter level Proficiency Awards. Alex Hurtz will be receiving a gold rated state Proficiency Award at the Wisconsin State FFA Convention in June.  This year the Cashton FFA chapter will be sending two members to the State Convention and State Fair to participate in the Wisconsin State FFA Honors Band and Choir. Angela Klinkner will be playing in the band. Taylor Hanley will be singing in the choir.

The 2015-2016 Cashton FFA Banquet rounded out with the Instillation of new officers. The only officer leaving this year was senior Alex Hurtz, who was the Sentinel. The new Cashton FFA Officer Team is Angela Klinkner-President, Rebecca Gronemus- Vice President, Sierra Hanley- Secretary, Nick Gronemus- Treasurer, Taylor Hanley- Reporter, Taylor Menzynski- Parliamentarian/Historian, and Kyle Lundgren- Sentinel. The Banquet ended with Closing Ceremonies.

National FFA Land and Range Judging Contest

Cashton FFA members Josh Korn, Alex Hurtz, Sierra Hanley, and Nick Gronemus competed in the 2016 National FFA Land and Range Judging Contest. The weather was fantastic upon arriving to Oklahoma. Students toured the Oklahoma City Zoo, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, and enjoyed an evening at a minor league baseball game. On the day of the competition it was a calm and sunny 80 degree day. Students evaluated four different soils pit and determined the best land class for each. Congrats on competing at nationals!

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CDE Judging

On Thursday, March 31st, 11 Cashton FFA members traveled to University of Wisconsin- Platteville to participate in Career Development Contests (CDE). Taylor Menzynski, Jasmine Felch, and Odessa Hemmersbach participated in the Veterinary Science CDE. Rian Gronemus and Lilly Adams competed in the Poultry CDE. Nick Gronemus, Brianna Wanek, Emma Gronemus, and Katelyn Schmitz participated in the Dairy Cattle CDE. Taylor Hanley, Sierra Hanley, Ryan Osuski, and Mark Leis competed in the Livestock CDE.

 

First Week of PALS

Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) is a program that connects elementary students with Middle School and High School FFA members to learn about the agriculture industry and its importance in society. The last time Cashton FFA hosted this program was about five years ago, and have decided that it’s time to get it running again. Sophomore Taylor Hanley, 2015-2016 Cashton FFA Reporter, decided to start this program as part of her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project. Her, along with the help of the other officers and members, traveled to the elementary school for the first time on Tuesday, January 5th, and will do this every Tuesday during CCLC to teach different students about the importance of agriculture. This is a very special program to connect the elementary students to agriculture in the community, the FFA chapter, and the agricultural resources at the High School and Middle School.

December Monthly Meeting

On Friday, December 11th, the Cashton FFA held their monthly meeting. The meeting started with discussion of Speaking Contest. Members signed up for individual and group contests. Cashton will be holding this year’s District 8 Speaking Contest. Members were also able to sign up for CDE Contests. Other topics that were discussed were Farm Forum and Half Time Conference. For more information on these please talk with Mr. King. A reminder to all members that applications for awards and degrees are due soon. Start filling them out! The chapter will also be restarting the PALS program. We will be working with elementary students on Tuesdays after school. Talk to Taylor Hanley for more information if interested. Another reminder to get dues paid. You must have dues paid to participate in any activities. 

Upcoming Events

  • Fruit will be in the week of December 14th.
  • Speaking Contest- January 25, 2016 (No school – in service day) at the Cashton High School.
  • CDE Contests- March 31, 2016 at UW-Platteville
  • Farm Forum- February 19-20, 2016.
  • Half Time Conference- January 8-9, 2016 at Stevens Point.
  • Most degree and award applications are due in January.

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Thank You Mlsna East Town Dairy

On Saturday November 7th members of the Cashton FFA chapter served food at the Mlsna East Town Dairy Open House. The Mlsna East Town Dairy is operated by Nick and Barb Mlsna. Thank you Mlsna East Town Dairy for the opportunity to tour your farm and serve food at your open house. Also, thank you to the following sponsors of the open house.

  • Bayland Builders
  • Advanced Dairy Solutions
  • Luke Laufenburg Electric
  • Komro Sales & Service
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Strohmeyer Excavating
  • Dahl Earthworks – Scott Dahl
  • Meinholz Enterprises – Alex Meinholz
  • Kouba Well Drilling
  • Auth Engineering
  • Kranzdale Sales Inc
  • River City Ready Mix
  • Croele Concrete
  • Orion Energy Systems – Scott Wetor
  • Detwilers Construction
  • Kraemer & Sons
  • Canamer Services Inc
  • Terry Erickson
  • Steve Huffman
  • Rural Insurance – Kevin Bluske
  • Foremost Farms
  • Premier Co-op
  • Tim Neubauer Trucking
  • St. Joseph Equipment
  • Hansen’s IGA
  • K+K Cheese
  • Von Ruden Meat Processing
  • Accelerated Genetics – Jim Galstad
  • Glen Paulsen