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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FFA Week Day 5

Students at Cashton showed their FFA pride by wearing blue, gold, and/or FFA apparel on Friday, the last day of FFA Week. During lunch, students could purchase tickets for the Chicken Plop contest. The school day and week was rounded out with the annual FFA Week assembly.

The assembly kicked off by introducing the chapter officers, state officers that were attending, and the National President, Taylor McNeel. State officers that attended were State President  – Sally Albers, State Sentinel – Joelle Liddane, State Vice President –  Kaitlin Konder, and State Secretary –  Maddi Colbeth. Taylor McNeel gave a speech to the attendees; her message was to “Live Palms Up”.

The first event was Turkey Bowling. Boy and girl representatives from each high school grade and the staff each got two bowls; the team with the highest combined score won. The Juniors, Noel Schmitz and Kaleb Mlsna, ended with a combined score of 27 points, and they were declared the victors.

The second event was Pig Herding. A boy and girl representative from each high school class had to “herd” three balloon pigs into their “pigpens.” The Seniors, Alex Hurtz and Krysten Kelly won the contest. The next activity was the egg toss; two representatives from all middle school and high school grades, the staff, Holmen, and Blair Taylor competed. Each time the egg was thrown, teams would step back to make the competition more difficult. Seniors Jeffery Belteton and Katie Mack took the win.

The next event was the Farmer Relay. A boy and girl representative were required for this event. First, the girl put on rubbers, a flannel shirt, overalls, and a hat; they then ran to the 5 sawdust bales and stacked them. They then had to hop on a pedal tractor and pedal down to their partner. Next, they gave their farmer garb to their teammate. The boys had to pedal back to the bales, restack them, and finally, fill a calf bottle and put the cap on it. In the first round, Freshmen Dawson Mushak and Loren Olson won over the Seniors. In the second round, Juniors Avrie Butzler and Mitchel Kuhn were victors over the Sophomores. In the final round, the Freshmen matched up against the Juniors, and the Juniors ended up the champions.

With time remaining, cheese curd toss was the following event. The Sophomore team ended up winning this contest. Then, the cow, pig, and farmer costume winners were announced. Philip Brueggen was voted to wear the pig costume, Nick Lasky and Ben Wendland were voted to wear the cow and farmer costumes.

Next, the teacher who was voted to kiss the mystery animal was announced. The lucky teacher was Mr. Jackson and he had to kiss our lovely goat, brought in by one of our FFA members. Also, Travis Kast won the Chicken Plop contest and received $20. The assembly ended with Ag Trivia. Questions were asked by State President Sally Albers and answered on the program Kahoot. The Juniors ended with the most points. Mr. King made the announcement that Casino Night was moved to Friday, March 4th. After the assembly, Mr. King and the officers gave their guests a tour of the Ag facilities.

National Convention Day 4

On the fourth day of the National FFA Convention trip, members attended the convention for the second day. Members walked around the mall and expo. That night, members attended the seventh general session of the day. Members listened to National Officer Caleb Gustin give his retiring speech.  The keynote speaker was Brad Montegue. Montegue makes the Kid President videos along with his brother-in-law Robby. After the session, the members made their long trek back to Wisconsin.

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National Convention Day 3

Day three of National FFA Convention was the first day members went to the convention center. They explored the career fair and mall.  Later that day, all of the members that came from Wisconsin grouped together to take the Wisconsin state photo. That night members also went to a concert. Clare Dunn and Kip Moore preformed.

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National Convention Day 2

The second day of the National Convention Trip kicked off with driving the rest of the way from Indianapolis to Kentucky.  The same day, members visited Mammoth Cave National Park. They learned the geology and history of the cave. They also learned about animals and plants that live inside of the cave.

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Cashton FFA Banquet

The Cashton FFA would like to invite you to attend our annual end of the year banquet. At the banquet, we will be awarding all members for their accomplishments throughout the year, recognize businesses and their contributions, and allow the families, alumni, and the community to see all of the achievements the Cashton FFA Chapter has received this year.

When: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Time: Social – 7:00 p.m.  Meal- 7:30 p.m.  Presentations to follow the meal.
Where: Cashton Community Hall

Meal includes: Roast pork, potatoes, corn, rolls, dessert, and beverages.
We will also be having silent auction for a variety of baskets.

Ag Day 2015

On Monday, May 4th, members of the Cashton FFA Chapter hosted Ag Day for elementary aged students. Ag day is a day for the elementary kids to learn about agriculture and the importance of agriculture in our society. In the morning, the 4K through 2nd grade visited the new Ag Shop and Labs at our high school and learned about tractor safety, chickens, planting, and how to make jerky. In the afternoon, the 3rd through 5th grade students traveled to the Antique Engine Club, which is between Cashton and Westby, and learned about wildlife, tractor safety, an antique engine, and soil. The students had a great time spending their day learning about agriculture.

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CDE Judging Contests

On Thursday, March 26th, eighteen members from Cashton FFA traveled to Platteville to compete in Regional CDE Judging Contests. Teams included: Senior Dairy Judging- Brooke Muenzenberger, Angela Klinkner, Nicholas and Rebecca Gronemus, Dairy Foods – Mark Gronemus, Brandon Vieth, Collin Paulson, and Jesse Tway, Livestock – Ryan Osuski, Mark Leis, Sierra and Taylor Hanley, Meat Evaluation – Alex Hurtz, Ben Wendland, and Austin Larson, Horses – Dea Dea and CJ Leis, and Veterinary Science – Taylor Menzynski. Teams attending State Competition in April at UW-Madison include Dairy Foods, Sr. Dairy Judging, and Meats Evaluation. Great job to all members who competed!

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