Gillett FFA Adopts-a-Highway

On Saturday September 20, 2014 the Gillett FFA cleaned Highway 22. We cleaned to make the sides of the highway safer and cleaner for the environment. The members who helped (L-R) are Mark Vorpahl, Kalea Britton, Elizabeth Kahler, Hanna Brock, Ashley Britton, Jerika Heroux, and Jacob Timm. Also assisting were Vicky Britton, Dana Kahler, and FFA Advisor, Kellie Claflin.

Written by Evan Rank, Gillett FFA Reporter



Gillett FFA Attends Sectional Leadership Workshop

Kalea Britton, Hanna Brock, Evan Rank, and Jacob Timm, of the Gillett FFA Chapter attended the Sectional Leadership Workshop Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Oconto Falls High School in Oconto Falls Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin FFA Sectional Leadership Workshop is designed to prepare local FFA chapter officers and members both in high school and middle school for leadership roles in their school district for the upcoming year.  It also informs each chapter of the new programs available to all FFA members and allows the officers to exchange ideas with other FFA chapters in their area.  The 2014-2015 State FFA Officer Team planned and conducted this workshop to encourage the participants to develop their leadership potential, to challenge them to set personal and chapter goals for the year and to motivate the students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them through the FFA.  The 2014 theme was “3-2-1 ACTION!!!”.  Members left ready to promote FFA, agricultural education and agriculture in their schools and communities. FFA advisors also participated in a workshop that helped inform them about FFA opportunities for the school year.

“This workshop is a great way to prepare FFA members for their role as an active member in their local chapter as well as those that serve as chapter officers,” says Cheryl Zimmerman, Wisconsin FFA Executive Director.  “These sessions get students excited about leadership and all the opportunities that they can participate in through the FFA organization.  It helps them discover their potential in their local FFA chapters and how they can put their leadership into action.”

This year Steven Brockshus, National FFA Central Region Vice President from Sibley, Iowa conducted a workshop to get FFA members motivated for the coming year and challenged them to get involved in the many opportunities FFA has to offer.

There are ten Sectional Leadership Workshops held throughout Wisconsin.  Over 2,000 FFA members and advisors from 250 FFA chapters will participate in these workshops.  The workshops are sponsored through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Leadership Partner Program.

The Wisconsin Association of FFA is comprised of over 250 local chapters with over 19,000 members.  FFA activities and award programs complement instruction in agriculture education by giving students practical experience in the application of agricultural skills and knowledge gained in classes.  FFA’s mission is to develop its members potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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Gillett FFA Alumni Donate Money to Cover Cost of FFA Jackets

The Gillett FFA Alumni helped pay for the cost of the new jackets for the Gillett FFA 2014-2015 officer team. The donation was greatly appreciated by the officers. They are also very appreciative of the support of the alumni of the entire FFA Chapter.

The 2014-2015 Gillett FFA Officer Team (back row) Jacob Timm, President; Evan Rank, Reporter; Thomas Nauke, Secretary. (Front Row) Morgan Lisowe, Treasurer; Hanna Brock, Vice President.

The 2014-2015 Gillett FFA Officer Team (back row) Jacob Timm, President; Evan Rank, Reporter; Thomas Nauke, Secretary. (Front Row) Morgan Lisowe, Treasurer; Hanna Brock, Vice President.

Gillett Agriscience Teacher Attends Professional Development Institute


Ag teachers from 7 states spent 8 days in Lexington, KY for the CASE Plant Science Training.

Kellie Claflin, agriscience educator at Gillett Secondary School recently attended an 8 -day professional development institute at the University of Kentucky to teach the Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant section of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE).

CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through intense teacher professional development, inquiry-based, student-focused lessons, assessment, and certification. CASE equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom, and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math.

While at the CASE Institute Claflin spent 65 hours working through nearly every lesson in the year-long curriculum and learning how to deliver lessons in an inquiry-based way that will shift their focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.

“The CASE plant science curriculum gets students taking charge of their learning with projects and hands-on labs,” said Claflin. “It’s a great addition to the Gillett ag program and I am excited to put it into action.”

Claflin received a scholarship from Mosaic, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The scholarship covered the training, curriculum, resources, housing and food throughout the 8-day training.

For more information about CASE, visit

Fair Reminders

If you are showing at the Oconto County Fair, please note the following:

There will be a Beef Project Clinic on Sunday, July 27th  at 1:30 the Fairgrounds in Gillett (near the show ring).  This meeting counts as one educational point.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy at 920-855-2940.  Hope to see you there!

Please contact Erin Buhrandt, Dairy Superintendent, with the number of dairy animals you are planning to bring to the Oconto County Fair by August 1st to ensure a spot in the barn.

You can contact her by e-mail at or by phone at 920-598-0710 with the count of calves, yearlings and cows. (Be sure to have the numbers broken down into calves, yearlings and cows.)

Rabbits & Poultry
Rabbit & Poultry Cage Needs
All youth exhibiting rabbits and/or poultry must get their cage count needs requested by August 1st. If you haven’t sent this in yet, please do so as soon as possible. The number of cages is needed so we can plan the layout of the barn. Clubs are grouped together, so it is important to get your family’s cage needs in on time.

Please send your cage count needs for the fair, by email to Debby Krueger at Please, no phone calls. All cage arrangements need to be forwarded directly to Debby, not to the Extension Office.

Please send cage needs as an individual or family, not as a club. When information is sent as a club, we do not know who is involved.
Please be sure to put Cage Count in the subject so Debby knows it is not a virus. Thanks!

Poultry – also take note of the attached file about blood testing. Letter to Exhibitors about Blood Testing 2014 doc

Summer Workshop
Date:               Monday, August 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Location:        Oconto Falls Library, 251 N. Main St., Oconto Falls, WI  54154

A great way to learn more about your project and earn an educational point!  Hope to see you there!

For your information:  This is not an Oconto County 4-H,  Oconto County UW-Extension  or Oconto County sponsored event.


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