On Tuesday November 8th, Section 3 State Officer Laura Munger visited the Cashton Ag Department. She had workshops during classes and worked with students. Students learned about things like communication and teamwork. She also met with the Cashton FFA officer team over lunch.
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.
On Thursday, September 18th, three officers of the Cashton FFA Chapter attended the annual Section 3 SLW Conference in Tomah. President Mark Gronemus, Secretary Rebecca Gronemus, and Reporter Angela Klinkner attended workshops throughout the evening, met knew people, learned how to fulfill their duty as an officer, and how to imporove our chapter. They also got to meet up with the 2014-2015 State Officer team as well as meet one of the National officers from Alabama, Jackson Harris.