Gillett FFA Members Ignite Their Passion at the Wisconsin FFA Convention

Hanna Brock, Abbey Horsens, Thomas Nauke, Danielle Timm, and Jacob Timm represented the Gillett FFA at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison June 9 to 12. The convention attracted over 3,000 members, advisors, parents, alumni and sponsors to celebrate their year’s success and support for students involved in agricultural education.


Abbey Horsens, Rachel Ransom and Danielle Timm received the Wisconsin FFA Degree . The Wisconsin FFA Association conferred the State FFA Degree to 300 members. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree a state association can bestow upon its members. To be considered for this honor the FFA members must meet the following minimum qualifications: have productively earned and invested $1000 or worked 1500 hours; been an FFA member for at least two years and had 360 hours of agricultural classroom instruction; given two agricultural related speeches, each a minimum of five minutes in length; been involved in at least five FFA activities above the local level and participated in two community activities.

Danielle Timm was recognized as the third place winner of the State FFA Equine Science-Placement Proficiency Award. This award recognizes the student who best demonstrates an understanding of the equine raising practices and industry trends. Nine state finalists in this award area received cash awards made possible by state-level sponsorship from the Edward J. Okray Foundation, Inc.

This year’s National FFA theme is “Ignite” and Wisconsin students have “Ignited” their passion for agriculture through their dedication to grow in leadership skills and knowledge of agriculture. This week is a celebration of the student success and recognition of FFA activities conducted across the entire state of Wisconsin. FFA is making a positive difference in today’s schools and communities.

“Students enrolled in agricultural education in Wisconsin schools and who are members of the FFA have a fantastic opportunity for leadership and career development,” said Wisconsin FFA Executive Director Cheryl Zimmerman. “The Wisconsin FFA Convention is our opportunity to recognize the importance of the education of our society about agriculture and the achievement of young people who are the future leaders of the agriculture industry.”

The Wisconsin Association of FFA is a leading student organization due to the efforts of more than 19,000 students across the state. With a focus on premier leadership, personal growth and career success, students’ FFA activities complement agricultural classroom instruction by giving them an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience. These activities are dependent on donor funding through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. For more information about Wisconsin FFA and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation visit or, become a fan of Wisconsin FFA Foundation on Facebook, or call 715-659-4807.


Gillett FFA Recognizes Members at Annual Banquet

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GILLETT – The Gillett FFA hosted the annual banquet on Sunday, May 4 at Gillett Secondary School. Kallie Rank, 2014 Oconto County Fairest of the Fair was the keynote speaker.

Josh Yonker, Gillett FFA Alumni President, gave greetings on behalf of the alumni. He also announced Rachel Ransom and Danielle Timm as the recipients of the Gillett FFA Alumni scholarship.

The following Gillett Elementary third graders were recognized for their participation in the Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) program: Reese Chapin, Christina Ciancio, Lailana Corona, Laney DeBauch, Habaiah Gigl, Trinitee Gigl, Phillip Heroux, Virgil Herzog, Victoria Phillips, Andrew Rost, Austin Vande Corput, Emma Walker, and Jerald Wetzel. These students met with FFA members each month to learn about all different aspects of agriculture.

The Discovery Degree was bestowed to the following middle school members who have been active and taken an agriculture class: Noah Badeau, Kalea Britton, Jerika Heroux, Brock Herzog, Elizabeth Kahler, Brice Winkler and Alex Young. Evan Rank was named as the recipient of the outstanding Middle School Member Award.

The Greenhand Degree was given to 12 first year high school members: Erin Balthazor, Kassandra Elertson, Tanner Gueller, Savannah Hackey, Casey Hertwig, Taylor Kohls, Morgan Lisowe, Victoria Loberger, Crystal Marohl, Cody Moffat, Madylin Wilbur and Rebecca Wolfe. Morgan Lisowe was recognized as the recipient of the Star Greenhand Award, recognizing her achievement as a first year member.

High school members who have received the Greenhand Degree and continue to go above and beyond in participation were presented with the Chapter Degree. Hailey Brock, Eric Fischer, Thomas Nauke, Marissa Sherman, Jacob Timm and Austin Wright were recognized as Chapter Degree recipients.

The following members were recognized as the top FFA member in their class based on grade point average: Erin Balthazor, Crystal Marohl, Jacob Timm, Rebecca Wolfe, and Danielle Timm.

Gillett FFA members were active in several career development events (CDE) this year. The following members participated in district and/or sectional speaking contests: Abbey Horsens, prepared speaking; Rachel Ransom, job interview and discussion meet; Skhyler Simpson, discussion meet and extemporaneous speaking; Marissa Sherman, job interview; and Justin Engebretsen, Evan Rank and Alex Young, quiz bowl. There were also four teams that competed in additional CDE contests. The dairy cattle evaluation team included Abbey Horsens, Morgan Lisowe, and Rachel Ransom. Skhyler Simpson competed in equine evaluation. Korey Badeau, Eric Fischer and Marissa Sherman competed in the environmental and natural resources competition. The wildlife team consisted of Korey Badeau, Eric Fischer, and Rachel Ransom.

The following students were recognized for their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs where they apply what they learn in the classroom to real life experiences and learn how to keep records: Korey Badeau, dairy production; Erin Balthazor, equine science; Hailey Brock, diversified agriculture production; Raymond Brock, poultry; Kassandra Elertson, equine science; Eric Fischer, environmental science; Tanner Gueller, leadership; Savannah Hackey, small animal production and care; Jenna Herzog, dairy production; Abbey Horsens, dairy production; Victoria Loberger, small animal production and care; Thomas Nauke, beef production; Sommer Pawlak, dairy production; Rachel Ransom, agricultural education; Marissa Sherman, agricultural education; Skhyler Simpson, sheep production; Danielle Timm, equine science; Jacob Timm, diversified agricultural production; Madylin Wilbur, dairy production; Rebecca Wolfe, small animal production and care; and Austin Wright, greenhouse management. Raymond Brock, Abbey Horsens, Danielle Timm and Jacob Timm completed an extensive application to submit to the state level. Danielle Timm received a gold rating and will be recognized at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in June.

Raymond Brock was named Top Salesperson. Danielle and Jacob Timm received second place and Evan Rank placed third in fundraising sales that help support the Gillett FFA Chapter and activities.

John and Joan Timm were recognized for their contributions to the Gillett FFA with the Honorary Chapter Degree. They continually go above and beyond giving of their time and energy to help the members.

Abbey Horsens was named the 2014 DeKalb Award Winner. This award is given annually to a senior member that exemplifies agricultural advocacy, hard work and commitment.

The retiring officers consisting of Abbey Horsens, president; Rachel Ransom and Skhyler Simpson, vice presidents; Raymond Brock, secretary; Danielle Timm, treasurer; Jacob Timm, reporter; Korey Badeau and Hailey Brock, sentinels, were thanked for their year of dedication to the chapter.
The 2014-2015 officer team will be led by Jacob Timm, president; Hanna Brock, vice president; Thomas Nauke, secretary; Morgan Lisowe, treasurer; and Evan Rank, reporter.

Are you ready to serve? Run for a FFA officer position!


Chapter officers serve a vital function in FFA. By taking a major leadership role, these students grow from the experience and benefit the chapter. It should be the officers’ goal to lead by example and encourage other members to participate in chapter activities. The following are general duties expected of all officers.


  • A genuine desire to be a part of a leadership team.
  • A willingness to accept responsibility.
  • A sincere desire to work with all chapter members in meeting their leadership, personal and chapter goals.
  • A commitment to lead by example.
  • A knowledge and understanding of the chapter, state and national FFA constitutions, bylaws and programs.
  • A working knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
  • An ability to memorize and recite their parts in the official ceremonies.

Officer applications are available on the FFA bulletin board and below. Applications are due to Ms. Claflin on Thursday, April 17.

2014 Gillett FFA Officer Application

FFA: Not What You Might Think

Originally posted on In an American Classroom:

It was a familiar scene for a former speech coach: Yellow school buses and white vans stacked up in the school parking lot and a bevy of adults clutching clipboards and coffee cups gathered in the Media Center awaiting final instructions from the teacher in charge. In the halls, students clustered in tight little groups or stood nervously to the side, rehearsing one last time the speech they would deliver as soon as the judges received their scoring packets and were released to classrooms. In those rooms, chairs had been pushed back, masking tape had been laid on the floor to delineate the “stage,” and the doors all had signs that were not there the day before: the event to take place in that room, the time of the event, the contestants.

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Attention Potential Junior Market Steer Exhibitors!

The 2014 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Market Steer Self-Identification Deadline is rapidly approaching!

Exhibitors wishing to exhibit Junior Market Steers at the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S. Cellular July 31 through August 10 will need to self-identify their animals with an official Wisconsin State Fair RFID identification tag and submit a DNA hair sample. Materials must be submitted between January 1 and February 10, 2014.Request forms for animal identification will be available at fromJanuary 1 through January 31, 2014. Forms must be submitted with proper fees ($15 per identified animal) by mail or delivered to the Wisconsin State Fair offices located at 640 South 84th Street, West Allis, WI 53214 by the deadline. Identification supplies willonly be available for pick-up at the Wisconsin State Fair offices February 1 – 10, 2014
Upon processing of identification requests, Wisconsin State Fair will send RFID (Allflex) identification tag(s), identification documentation and DNA sample submission envelopes to each exhibitor. The exhibitor must self-identify his or her animals by placing the official Wisconsin State Fair RFID tag in the animal’s ear, collecting a DNA hair sample and completing the animal identification documentation form. Allflex ear taggers and needle nose pliers to extract hair DNA may also be purchased from the Fair if needed. DNA samples with the identification documentation must be postmarked or delivered to Wisconsin State Fair no later than 4:30pm on February 10, 2014.
Performance steers must be identified with a Wisconsin State Fair RFID ear tag and submit a DNA sample between January 1 and February 10, 2014. 

Any questions?  Please email or call 414.266.7000.Image

Dairy Carrie – Get a Head Start on Educational Points

Animal Exhibitors:  Get a head start on your educational points!  This event will count as an educational point:

The Shawano County 4-H Livestock Key Committee is sponsoring an evening with “Dairy Carrie” at the Shawano High School Auditorium on Tuesday evening, March 4th, starting promptly at 7:00 pm.  Her presentation will center on “How to be a Face and Voice for Agriculture.”   We anticipate her speaking for about 45 minutes to one hour and then allowing 30 to 45 minutes after that for questions.  We expect to be done around 8:30 pm since we must have everyone out of the auditorium by 9 pm.  Carrie will begin speaking right at 7 pm, so participants should arrive before 7:00 pm.  Participants will be admitted to the auditorium between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  There is no charge, and no advance registration needed for this program.

Carrie Mess (aka “Dairy Carrie) is a nationally known farm woman from Lake Mills, Wisconsin.  Her name is recognized by many in the Agriculture Industry because of her highly visited Internet blog at,  entitled “The Adventures of Dairy Carrie.” 

Please let Ms. Claflin know if you are interested in attending and we can go together as a group.

Gillett FFA Sponsors Holiday Dinner

On Sunday, December 8th, the members of the Gillett FFA got up bright and early to start preparing for their annual holiday dinner.

This event took a lot of planning. First, they had to decide what the meal was going to be and estimate the cost. They decided the meal would consist of ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cheese slices and dinner rolls. The cost would be a non-perishable food item that would be donated to the local food pantry. Next, they went out to local businesses to ask for donations to offset the cost. Then came the day of the dinner.

This year they served 50 people and collected 90 items. Thank you to all who came and supported the Gillett FFA’s Holiday Dinner.

-Written by Jacob Timm, Gillett FFA Reporter

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