Hustisford FFA members honored at banquet

May 3, 2019

HUSTISFORD -- The Hustisford FFA chapter recognized members for their contributions and achievements over the past year during a banquet at the school last week.

Among the top awards presented were the Star Greenhand and Star Chapter awards.

In making the presentation of the Star Greenhand Award to Maria Noll, agriculture instructor and FFA adviser Cierra Essock said, “This student showed great leadership during the FFA Week assembly, leading the choreography and teaching of line dances to the student body in the line dancing competition. She has a great work ethic in the classroom and will continue to succeed in her future endeavors.”

Earning the Star Chapter Degree was Adriane Beisbier. Essock described her as someone who shows great enthusiasm in everything she does.

Young Gun Awards were presented to first-year middle school active members, including Logan Bamke, Colin Wagner, Geena Kuehl, Madison Wagner, Erin Lenhardt and Andrew Maas.

Greenhand awards were earned by first-year high school members who also have plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience program. They are Tristan Bischoff, Hollie Lenhardt, Angel Carbon, Ethan Maas, Kelsey Ewert, Maria Noll, Ariona Hildebrandt and Josh Oldenhoff.

Chapter degrees were presented to two members who have received a Greenhand degree, have a satisfactory SAE and have participated in chapter activities while maintaining satisfactory scholastic records. Those recipients include Adriane Beisbier and Melanie Onstad.

Essock presented the Career Development Event awards to the participants on the dairy cattle evaluation team. The team received their coaching from former FFA member Brett Hildebrandt and went on to qualify for the state FFA judging contest. That team included Cassidy Ewert, Kelsey Ewert, Ariona Hildebrandt, Tia Hildebrandt and Geena Kuehl.

Essock also recognized students who stepped up to participate in the donkey basketball fundraiser earlier in the year at Dodgeland High School. Those team members included Melanie Onstad, Addy Beisbier, Brandon Jacobson and Cody Schmidt.

FFA adviser Fay Hildebrandt presented the retiring president’s award to Cassidy Ewert, who served in that capacity for two years. In making the presentation, Hildebrandt said, “Through her strong leadership, our chapter is growing and is starting to become more active. Many members are trying new activities due to her encouragement.”

Ewert also received the 3-Star Leadership award. Hildebrandt noted, “She has been the glue of this chapter, as she kept everyone informed and up to date. She has led by example and was never afraid to step up to try new things.”

Hildebrandt also presented proficiency awards to those completing successful SAEs during the past year. These include:

-- Ariona Hildebrandt has been involved with dairy since fourth grade. She also helps on her family’s farm weekends and during the summer. She said her favorite FFA activity this year was qualifying for the state FFA dairy judging contest.

-- Logan Boldt also enjoys dairy and has taken a job milking cows for his SAE project. He milks every night and after school and most weekends. He has learned how to care for sick animals and also enjoyed other FFA activities.

-- Tristan Bischoff also chose dairy for his SAE. She started showing in the Little Britches contest at county fair and then went on to show for her cousins, where she learned the difference between showing calves and cows. She also enjoys showing cows in the Futurity and hopes to start showing at bigger shows in the future.

-- Kelsey Ewert’s SAE was also dairy. She started in fifth grade after watching her older sisters and helping her grandpa on the farm. She has increased the number of animals she has shown and learned that more animals mean more time needed to devote to the project. She has also learned more about dairy judging by participating in the CDE contest and is a part of the judging team representing Hustisford FFA at the state dairy judging event.

-- Ethan Maas chose hunting for his SAE. He has been working on decreasing the duck population near his home and has learned how to effectively use a duck call to bring them closer to him. He is also raising several swine and plans to exhibit them at the fair this year.

-- Tianda Hildebrandt’s dairy SAE began early when she started showing her cousin’s animals. She now enjoys working on the farm and learning more about the cows.

-- Cassidy Ewert’s SAE of dairy began while watching her sister show. Since then she has increased the number of animals she shows and she has moved on to showing at the Wisconsin State Fair as well. She has learned to be patient around her animals and has learned to accept the fact that animals may not always act perfectly in the ring.

The state FFA choir award was presented to Milana Malterer, who has been chosen to be in the choir for the third straight year. To be accepted, she prepared an audition tape along with an application.

Malterer was also nominated to participate in the National FFA Choir in October 2018. She was unable to participate in that because of other commitments; however, she was excited by the honor of receiving the invitation.

Malterer will perform with the state FFA choir at the state convention in Madison June 11-13 and at the Wisconsin State Fair Aug. 7-11.

Emily Kruse, Section 10 state officer, delivered a motivational address to the members and their parents, encouraging them to take their commitments seriously by doing more than just try, but actually follow through. Kruse is the state parliamentarian and comes from the Elkhorn FFA chapter.

FFA members presented the Friend of FFA award to Hustisford volleyball coach Allan Capps. The FFA members expressed their gratitude that he took a personal interest in their involvement at the Dodge County Fair and recognized their challenge of making volleyball practices during the busy fair week. Capps not only rescheduled some practices, but also came to the fair to see firsthand what keeps the students and players so busy at the fair.

The honorary FFA degree was presented to Peggy Bell, John Hustis Elementary School principal, who supported many of the current FFA members when she was a teacher and continues to support the FFA efforts by encouraging FFA members to bring their SAE projects to the elementary school in the form of a petting zoo.

At the conclusion of the banquet, new officers were installed for the 2019-20 school year. These include: Milana Malterer, president; Kelsey Ewert, vice president; Ariona Hildebrandt, secretary; Geena Kuehl, treasurer; Tianda Hildebrandt, reporter; Zach Kehl, sentinel; and Andrew Maas, junior high representative.