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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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.

Casino Night 2016

On Friday, March 5, the Cashton FFA held their annual Casino Night. Participants paid $3 to get in; they got 500 FFA Bucks and all you can eat pizza and soda. They could then either gain or lose the FFA Bucks by playing Blackjack, Beat the Dealer, Chug-A-Lug, and Bingo. At the end of the night, participants were able to “buy” prizes with FFA bucks during a live auction. Also, throughout the entire night, there was a silent auction.

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Thank You Sponsors

The Cashton FFA would like to thank all of the sponsors for the Toy Show Raffle and the Fall Fest Parade Milk. New and returning FFA members start their school year participating in this annual event. With donations from sponsors the Cashton FFA toy raffle had over 30 toys and Fall Fest parade attendees were served over 3000 cartons of chocolate milk. Thank you sponsors for your donations this year.

Check out the supporters page for a listing of businesses and sponsors that support Cashton FFA and Agricultural Education.

2015 Alumni Chicken Q

The annual Cashton FFA Alumni Chicken Q was held on Sunday, August 30th at the Cashton Park. The chapter officers served a meal to the FFA members, Alumni members, and their families. Mr. King introduced the officers and made announcements regarding the new school year, fall fest events, and the toy show.

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New School Year Letter and Phone Extension

A teacherly post from Mr. King.

As the new renovations to the MS/HS are being completed the phones in the school have been updated with new extensions. The agriculture room phone number is now 608-654-5131 ext:139.

Welcome to a new school year and new classes. The Cashton Agricultural Department has gone through many changes in the last year. The most obvious one this school year is the new class set. The class titles and topics have been developed to focus on specific career clusters within the agricultural career pathway. This will allow a deeper dive into content in specific areas of agriculture.

Agriculture education is comprised of classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE), and involvement in the FFA. Classroom instruction gives students contextual learning to apply to their work based supervised agricultural experience. The National FFA Organization is agriculture’s career and technical student organization. The organization’s motto of learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve, connect classroom learning and supervised agricultural experiences. Students in FFA have the added benefit of competing in skills based contests, attending leadership conferences, networking with professional organizations, and eligibility for awards and scholarships.

The FFA is a National Organization that has over 500,000 members and awarded over $2,000,000 in scholarships last year. The FFA Chapter participates in contests to showcase and develop a student’s leadership and speaking skills such as parliamentary procedure, prepared speaking contest, job interview contest, and discussion meet. Also, the chapter’s skill based contest participation includes livestock evaluation, meats evaluation, dairy evaluation, dairy products evaluation, soils evaluation, and veterinary science. As the school year begins I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities and activities that are available to FFA members. FFA meetings will be held the 2nd Friday of every month.

The Cashton FFA Alumni is a key support group to agricultural education in Cashton. Many alumni members are hosts for field trips, FFA activities, and guest speakers in the classroom. The FFA Alumni supports supervised agricultural experiences through an interest-free loan program. FFA members conducting an SAE may borrow money from the Alumni for start up and supporting funds. This loan can be used in many ways such as purchasing seed for a hay crop, a feeder pig to be sold at the fair, a calf for a dairy or beef project, or tools and supplies for a mechanics project, the possibilities are endless. Loan payment is due at the end of the project’s life cycle. The FFA Alumni also grants scholarships to FFA members up to $500 each. Support by coaching a skills based FFA team is also a role that FFA Alumni members play. Through the Alumni’s expertise, the Cashton FFA chapter has sent many teams to the National FFA Land and Range Judging contest in Oklahoma.

Again, welcome to the new year! To stay up to date on all things Cashton Agriculture Education, the Cashton FFA website is continuously updated with FFA Chapter, FFA Alumni, and classroom resources. The classroom homework log and activity reminders are available on the website. If you have other questions feel free to contact me by email, phone, or in person.

Sincerely,

Mr. Nathan King
Phone: 608-654-5131 ext:139
Email: king.nathan@cashton.k12.wi.us
Cashton HS/MS Agriculture Instructor
Cashton FFA Advisor