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.

Sectional Speaking Contest

Six Cashton FFA members attended the Section 3 Speaking Contest at Tomah High School on March 15th. The officer team, including Taylor Hanley, Sierra Hanley, Rebecca Gronemus, Nick Gronemus, Angela Klinkner, and Alex Hurtz participated in the Parliamentary Procedure contest. They took 4th place. Angela Klinkner also competed in the Prepared Speaking contest; she took 3rd place.

District Speaking Contest

On Monday, January 25th, the Cashton FFA will be hosting the district level FFA Speaking Contest at the Cashton High school. We are looking for a number of judges to judge the variety of different contests including: prepared speaking, creed speaking, quiz bowl, discussion meet, and job interview to name a few. All of these contests revolve around agriculture, but are looking for anyone that can help. We also need timers and room managers. Please contact Mr. Nathan King, if interested and available, at 608-654-5131 ext. 139.

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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District Speaking Contest

On Monday, January 19th, eight members of the Cashton FFA traveled to Bangor for the annual District Speaking Contest. We competed Parliamentary Procedure which consisted of Mark, Rebecca, and Nick Gronemus, Angela Klinkner, and Sierra and Taylor Hanley and Ryan Osuski competed in Discussion Meet. For Parliamentary Procedure (Parli Pro), members have to demonstrate their knowledge on how to properly run a meeting and answer questions about Robert’s Rules of Order. In Discussion meet, members must discuss a topic in agriculture. Ryan Osuski received third place, even though he tied for second, and the Parli Pro team is heading to Sectionals in March with a second place finish.

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Sectional Speaking Contest

On Tuesday, the Cashton FFA sent six of our members on to the sectional speaking contest in Tomah. There, the Parliamentary Procedure team of Casey, Carrie, Janessa, Mark and Brooke, competed. Angela also competed in creed speaking and received second place.

Speaking Contest

On Monday February 24th, nine Cashton FFA members traveled to West Salem to compete in the speaking contest. Angela, Sierra, and Rebecca all competed in Creed Speaking, while Ryan competed in discussion meet. The Parliamentary Procedure team consisted of Casey, Carrie, Janessa, Brooke and Mark. Angela was first, and Rebecca finished third. Ryan will be advancing on to the second round for discussion meet. The Parliamentary Procedure team received second place. The Parliamentary Procedure team and Angela will be advancing on to sectionals.