The Weyauwega-Fremont FFA Chapter was named the state winner for its Food for America program during the 85th Wisconsin FFA Convention.
The convention was held June 9-12, in Madison.
Many chapters competed for the award that involves FFA members educating elementary school students about Wisconsin agriculture.
The students received in-class instruction and participated in hands-on activities at a local farm.
The W-F chapter also learned it would advance to national competition for its work on its National Chapter Award program.
Each chapter must complete a packet explaining what it did throughout the year.
The application splits up the chapter’s Program of Activities into three sections: Student Development, Chapter Development and Community Development.
The W-F FFA Chapter received Seventh Gold in Student Development.
This year’s convention attracted more than 3,000 members, advisers and guests.
Highlighted during the convention was the year of service and successes for students involved in Wisconsin Agricultural Education and FFA.
In addition, local chapter and individual achievements were also celebrated.
At the state convention, the “best of the best” of the FFA are honored for their work and achievements.
Numerous FFA members were involved and competed in competitions and received awards.
The convention showcased everything from Agriscience and Entrepreneurship to Production Agriculture, as well as the amount of opportunities the FFA offers its members through Leadership Development.
The local FFA chapter was also honored to have students receive money for their proficiency awards and receive a gold at state on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) hours, along with a free dinner provided by the sponsors of FFA.
These students included Brandon Loehrke, Maggie Knecht (2), Sydney DeSantis, Teal Tomaszewski (2), Jane Beyer, Danielle Austreng, Alexis Kloehn and Mark Buchholtz.
W-F’s Chapter Recruitment Program placed second in the state gold rating for the quality of the recruitment offered at Weyauwega-Fremont middle and high schools.
The chapter also received the PRIDE award for increasing membership by more than 10 members.
The High School Opening and Closing Team competed at state and received fourth place. Members include Liz Hillskotter, Karlie Grundman, Taylor Kester, Ryanne Benz, Olivia Kester and Alex Bartel.
Six FFA members received their State FFA Degree.
The State FFA Degree is the highest degree a state association can bestow upon its members.
Earning this honor were Logan Erdmann, Olivia Fejda, Liz Hillskotter, Taylor Kester and Taylor Miller.
Eight members were recognized for receiving their American FFA Degree, the highest award the National FFA can bestow upon a member.
The following will be recognized at the National FFA Convention this fall for receiving their American FFA degrees: Mark Buchholtz, Kalyn Schwartz, Dustin Hanes, Maggie Knecht, Teal Tomaszewski, Dani Austreng, Jane Beyer and Sydney DeSantis.
Two W-F FFA members represented the chapter by serving on the State FFA Chorus and performing at the state FFA convention.
They were Rudy Zuleger and Kaitlyn Hickey.
They will also perform at the Wisconsin State Fair in August and at the national convention in October.
Liz Hillskotter received the Three Star Leader Award, along with others from throughout the state.
This achievement 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 for his or her work in student development, chapter development and community development.
Taylor Miller completed the chapter scrapbook and, with her efforts, received a second place.
The scrapbook is a tool used to summarize the activities and events that occurred throughout the year.
In addition to competing and receiving awards, a number of members helped keep the convention moving forward.
These people were inducted as part of the Courtesy Corps to help clean the convention hall and assist members and guests to their proper seats.
All members helped with the Hall of Stars area, which held the state winning proficiency booths, state star finalists and state degree finalists.
In addition, a few members were given the opportunity to attend the FFA on the Hill tour and presentation, where they toured the capital and met with local representatives.
There were also two members who were selected to represent the chapter by attending the convention as delegates. Delegates vote on everything that is redone in the State Convention.
The members from the W-F chapter were Liz Hillskotter and Ryanne Benz.
On the last day in Madison, the last few awards were distributed and the 2014-15 Wisconsin State FFA Officer Team was announced, along with their positions.
Following that session, the chapter packed up the bus and returned home.
The chapter appreciates all who support it throughout the year, allowing it to accomplish many things.