Kaneland FFA leaves mark

By on February 6, 2009

Kaneland FFA was sure to leave their mark in 2008. The club participated and competed in many different activities, ranging from dairy, horse, crop and land-use judging, to horticulture and speech contest, to the annual FFA livestock and project fair.

In July, Kaneland took part in the Section 6 livestock and project fair. The chapter did extremely well, walking away with numerous honors.

Winning Grand Champion honors included Sarah Carson with her crossbred steer, Sally Gorenz with her market lamb, Holly Hartmann with her pen of two market gilts, Charlene Steininger with her steer, Katie Weiss with her fresh flower arrangement, and Sally Gorenz with her crossbred doe.

Achieving reserve champion honors include Kelsey Fletcher with her horticulture display, Sally Gorenz with her fish and wild life project, Holly Hartmann with her single market gilt (and also) a mixed market pair of hogs, Trent Pierson in soybeans, and Charlene Steininger with her junior heifer.

As a chapter, Kaneland FFA was awarded the School Exhibits award in the swine, beef and rabbit divisions.

On Sept. 19, Kaneland participated for the first time ever in the Section 6 horse judging contest. With a team consisting of Sally and Joe Gorenz and Olivia and Grace Fabrizius, the team clinched third place. Olivia finished 11th place overall, and Sally took home 16th place.

Shortly after, the horticulture team consisting of Kelsey Fletcher, Allie Grossmann, Alyse Olson and Charlene Steininger won first place at the Section 6 Horticulture contest. Kelsey earned first place overall, with Allie receiving third, Alyse eighth and Charlene 13th.

After hosting the Section 6 land-use judging competition at Kaneland, a team comprised of Trent Pierson, Chase Bornemann, Scott Dienst, Tyler Burgin and Derek Noadine earned eighth place. Thank you to the Gramley family for lending us the use of your fields, and to Mr. Pierson for donating your time, and Kane-DuPage Soil Conservation Office for their expertise.

Deciding to venture a bit from the norm, Kaneland decided to try their hand at the Section 6 Dairy Products contest. Coming out strong in the end, and surprising themselves, the team took home first place. Sally Gorenz finished third, Katie Weise fourth, Grace Fabrizius sixth, Tyler Burgin seventh and Olivia Fabrizius 10th.

Later that evening, the team went out to celebrate with a stop at Culvers for some “dairylicious” ice cream.

The last contest of ‘08 was the Section 6 speech challenge held at Sycamore High School. J.C. Gillette took home fourth place in the prepared speech division, and Sally Gorenz finished second in the impromptu section.

Other than a stellar year with judging competitions and contest, Kaneland FFA was very successful with their second annual harvest. The success, fun and rewards would have not been achieved without the help of many families, individuals and companies: Feldott Family, Dienst Family, Pierson Family, Elburn Co-op and Hintzsche Fertilizer.

Thank you again to all of these individuals, families and companies who put forth their time, hard word and efforts to making this year’s season a huge success.

Kaneland FFA looks forward to a new year of which will bring more contest, competitions and excitement.

Sally Gorenz
Kaneland FFA Reporter