By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Eight Greenhand degree and 14 Chapter FFA degree pins were awarded at the Colfax FFA banquet April 18 at Colfax High School.
Greenhand degree pins were awarded to Allie Anderson, Austin Schindler, Hunter Rebak, Jazmine Paulus, Marcus Drees, Mitchel Harmon, Rylee Parker and Callie Christianson.
The Star Greenhand degree was awarded to Callie Christianson, who showed a strong interest in FFA her first year and volunteers for many events during the year, including helping with the FFA Alumni Farm Toy Show, concessions at the Colfax Free Fair and competing in Veterinary Science Career Development.
FFA members who have completed at least two years of membership receive the Chapter FFA Degree.
The following members received their Chapter FFA Degree pin: Abby Farley, Alexis Snider, Becca Bazille, Brad Thompson, Braden Lemler, Dennis Sonnentag, Hailey Durand, Jacob Scharlau, Kali Risler, Kylie Dalhoe, Nick Jensen, Phil Taylor, Taylor Paulus and Tori Hill.
World Dairy Expo
Members of the Colfax FFA attend World Dairy Expo in Madison every fall and compete in dairy contests against other schools from Wisconsin.
Three members competed in the dairy cattle evaluation contest. Phil Taylor placed 134 out of 330 individuals. Jackson Hellman and Jack Edwards also were members of the team.
The dairy products team placed 60th, with Brooklynn Sorrenson leading the team by placing 150th. Alexis Snider and Trinity Krueger also were part of the team.
Every fall, the Colfax FFA sends FFA officers and members to the Section 2 Leadership Workshop, which is a kickoff for the FFA year.
The workshop last fall was held at Menomonie High School, and three members were able to attend: Amanda Christianson, Alexis Snider and Phil Taylor.
The Colfax FFA chapter participated in the Buffalo County land judging contest.
Colfax FFA placed fourth, and there were approximately 120 students competing all together.
Ben Thompson placed third as an individual. Nick Jensen, Jacob Jensen and Phil Taylor added to the team’s score.
The Colfax FFA and Colfax FFA Alumni sent eight chapter members to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Those who attended the 2017 national convention were Phil Taylor, Trevor Rothbauer, Alex Sykora, Dennis Sonnentag, Kylie Dalhoe, Ricky Hoffman, Braden Lemlar and Rebecca Bazille.
Phil Taylor placed third in extemporaneous speech in the District FFA Speaking Contest. He drew a topic from a hat for a six-minute persuasive speech, and using five materials he brought with him, he had 30 minutes to prepare.
Taylor Meyer and Phil Taylor both expressed their views on “How agriculture education or FFA address misconceptions about career opportunities in the agriculture industry” in the discussion meet contest in which a group of individuals discuss and formulate ideas or solutions to an agriculture concern.
The UW-River Falls Ag Technology contest features 18 contests for students to practice their skills.
This year, Colfax had 11 students compete in three different judging contests.
In livestock judging, the team placed 18th with Amanda Christianson placing 14th out of 95 competitors. Emmie Edwards, Taylor Theyer and Braden Lemlar followed close behind.
In the veterinary science contest, the Colfax team placed 11th out of 27. Taylor Meyer placed 16th of 84 individuals. Alexis Snider, Phil Taylor and Callie Christianson followed close behind.
The wildlife team placed 11th, with Nick Jensen placing 14th out of 88 individuals. Ben Thompson and Brad Thompson also helped the team reach 11th place.
In the crops show, Alex Sikora placed first for his ear corn sample, second for the longest ear and second for his oats sample.
Phil Taylor placed second both in mixed legume/grass hay and in legume hay. The hay was grown by Tim Lauffer of Colfax. Phil also placed second in snaplage and earlage.
Braden Lemlar placed third in haylage and in grass hay.
Last year, the wildlife, livestock and vet science teams competed at state.
The livestock team paced 18th out of 38 teams and consisted of Jack Edwards placing fourth, Emmie Edwards placing 79th, Bryce Kragness placing 89th and Amanda Christianson following close behind out of 150 individuals.
The wildlife team placed 12th out of 29 teams, with Austin Dressel placing 13th, Jackson Hellman placing 30th, Trevor Rothbauer placing 55th and Ben Thompson following close behind out of 115 individuals.
The veterinary science team placed 22nd out of 33 teams with Abby Schotter placing 39th out of 130 individuals, with the help of Dalton Bradford, Taylor Meyer and Alexis Snider.
Even though the Colfax school district and the FFA Alumni give financial support to the Colfax FFA chapter, FFA members must still do fund raising to make ends meet.
Phil Taylor received third place for his efforts to sell fruit and collected a check from the FFA for $50.
Jack Edwards earned second place and received a check for $75.
Alex Sykora was the top salesperson this year and received a check for $100. Alex’s name will be on the plaque kept on display in the agriculture room.
Star chapter degrees
Jack Edwards received the Star Chapter Degree for Agriscience. Jack excels in the classroom, shows a strong interest in agriculture education and has been heavily involved in local fairs. He will be attending Chippewa Valley Technical College in the agronomy field next year.
The Star Chapter Farmer was awarded to Alex Sykora. Alex has been an FFA member for four years, has exhibited animals at the local fairs, and is helpful at all the FFA events. He also plays an integral role in the success of the family farm.
Amanda Christianson received the DeKalb Leadership Award, and her name will be engraved on the plaque in the agriculture room.
The DeKalb Leadership Award goes to a senior with a superior record of scholarship, leadership and agriculture work experience.
Amanda conducted bi-weekly meetings with the officers and collaborated with her team to handle challenges throughout the year.
The Colfax FFA recognized Big River Resources with the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree as a business that shows continued support of the FFA with a generous donation of 10 tons of distiller grain to be sold during the FFA Colfax Free Fair livestock auction.
The Colfax FFA Alumni Award, presented by Joel Hilson, went to Northern Metal Fab, Inc., for their generous support of the new swine barn project at the Colfax Fairgrounds.
The FFA Alumni is working with the FFA to design and build the new swine pens, and Mark and Bev Lightfoot of Northern Metal Fab donated the sandblasting and the painting of the pens.
The Colfax FFA Alumni awarded two scholarships for $500 each that can be used for any post high school program at a college. The scholarship will be paid upon the completion of a semester with a grade point average of 2.5 on a four-point scale.
The Colfax FFA Leadership Scholarship was presented to FFA President Amanda Christianson.
The FFA Agriculture Scholarship was presented to Jack Edwards.