Accumulate Awards,
Including State FFA Degrees

Four Granton FFA Students Accumulate Awards

Granton State FFA recipients (l-r) are
Megan Walter, Dolorosa Thomas, Samantha Martin and Justin Berg.

Submitted photo

By Jesse Heslip

Granton agriculture educator and FFA advisor Katie Reider is very proud of her students and the recent accomplishments they have recorded, and for good reason the history books have to be turned back a decade to find similar accolades in these programs at Granton.

We had three kids apply for State FFA Honors Choir. Its the first time since Ive been here that any kids have even applied. [Choir teacher] Autumn Lloyd helped them prepare and all three [Emma Woller, Alexis Pongratz and Tori Seif] were accepted. Reider stated.

As part of the agricultural education program, several students participated in proficiency programs. Students can receive awards in the categories of entrepreneurship, placement, combined (applicants can combine placement and entrepreneurship records if both are included in the supervised agricultural experience) and agriscience research.

Proficiency award areas are supervised agricultural experiences related to the different areas judged.

Proficiency award recipients were Lizzy Reinart, agricultural education, gold seventh place; Marshall Kleiman, dairy production entrepreneurship, silver; Ashlee Piskow, dairy production placement, gold 15th place; Anna Kayhart, dairy production placement silver; Megan Walter, diversified livestock, gold state finalist; Abby Schoessow, equine science entrepreneurship, silver; Abby Woller, fruit production, gold state finalist; Pongratz, service learning, gold state finalist; Seif, vegetable production, gold sixth place.

Granton also has four State FFA Degree recipients: Justin Berg, Dolorosa Thomas, Samantha Martin and Megan Walter.

The State FFA Degree is the highest state-level award an FFA student can earn. It requires the completion of at least 360 hours of agricultural education instruction while in high school, 24 months of FFA membership at the time of application, having earned and productively invested $1,500 or worked 1,000 hours in a supervised agricultural experience, acquired 25 additional unduplicated hours of community service activities and required service in four of six available capacities including chapter FFA officer, FFA committee chair, FFA committee member, official state FFA representative in a national or regional FFA activity, a non-FFA school activity or a non-FFA community activity.

Students will receive their State FFA Degrees during the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison in June.


From the Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

April 13, 2022

Transcribed by Dolores Mohr Kenyon, April 13, 2022

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, April 15, 2022

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