The Weyauwega-Fremont FFA Chapter was named the second best chapter in the state’s National Chapter Award Program during the state FFA Convention.
More than 3,500 Wisconsin FFA members, advisers and guests representing more than 250 schools attended the convention June 10-13, in Madison.
This convention highlights a year of service and successes for students in Wisconsin Agricultural Education and FFA, as well as celebrates local chapter and individual achievements.
At the state convention, the “best of the best” in the Wisconsin FFA were honored for their achievements.
Each Chapter completes a packet about what the chapter did throughout the year.
Chapters had to fill out three sections: Student Development, Community Development and Chapter Development.
The W-F chapter received Second Gold in Community Development, Second Gold in Chapter Development and Fifth Gold in Student Development.
Numerous FFA members participated in competitions and received awards. The convention highlighted everything from agriscience and entrepreneurship to production agriculture, as well as all of the leadership development opportunities FFA offers its members.
KaLyn Schwartz and Mark Buchholtz won their proficiency areas.
Schwartz received first place for her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) hours in the area of food service.
Buchholtz received first place for his SAE hours in the area of agriculture education.
Both received a check for $250, a plaque and were recognized with a booth at the state convention.
There were also other W-F FFA members who received money for their proficiency awards and received a gold at state on their SAEs, along with a free dinner provided by many sponsors of the FFA.
There were 16 gold applicants from the W-F chapter who received that honor.
They were Buchholtz, Schwartz, Cassie Rucks, Sydney De Santis, Danielle Austreng, Brooke Larson, Maggie Knecht, Alisha Kloehn, Alexis Kloehn, Lukas Erdmann, Jane Beyer, Teal Tomaszewski, Steph Butzer, Allison Austin and Dustin Hanes.
The chapter’s recruitment program received a third in the state gold rating for its recruitment program offered at W-F High School and Middle School.
The chapter also received the PRIDE award for increasing its membership by more than 10 members.
With its Food For America Program, the chapter received Gold rating at the state.
More than 250 other chapters competed in this award area, where FFA members educated elementary school students about Wisconsin agriculture. The students received class instruction and hands-on activities at a local farm.
The high school opening and closing team competed at state and received a top ten ranking.
The members included Amanda Tangwall, Kelsey Gilbert, Liz Hillskotter, Maggie Lind, Ryan Ebert and Taylor Kester.
On June 12, six FFA members received their State FFA Degree.
The State FFA Degree is the highest degree a state association can bestow upon its members.
Those considered for this honor were Mark Buchholtz, Jane Beyer, Alexis Kloehn, Jamie Seward, Maggie Lind and Georgia Radtke.
Three members were recognized for receiving their American degree, the highest award National FFA can bestow upon a member.
They will receive their awards at the National Convention in October. They are Alisha Kloehn, Lukas Erdmann and Brooke Larson.
Rudy Zueleger was selected to serve on the state FFA chorus. Zueleger performed at the state FFA convention and will perform at the Wisconsin State Fair for five days in August.
She was nominated to sing at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.
Maggie Lind completed the chapter scrapbook and received third place. The scrapbook is a summary of the year’s events and activities.
Mark Buchholtz received the Three Star Leader Award, along with others from around the state.
It is based on their local FFA chapter qualifying and receiving a gold rating in the National Chapter Award Program. It recognizes a selected member from a local chapter in Student Development, Chapter Development and Community Development.
In addition to going to Madison to compete or receive awards, there were also members who went to the convention to help keep things running smooth.
These people were the Courtesy Corps members.
The chapter had five members selected to the FFA on the Hill tour and presentation, where members toured the state capitol and met with their local representatives.
They helped set up the stage and let people know where they were supposed to be.
All members helped with the Hall of Stars area, where the chapter served the state in the state winning proficiency booths and state star state degree finalists.
There were also two members who represented the chapter as delegates. They were Liz Hillskotter and Maggie Lind.
During the final day in Madison, chapter awards were handed out, and the new 2013-2014 Wisconsin State FFA officers were announced.
The local chapter appreciates all the people who support it throughout the year.