The Kaskaskia College Agriculture Department held its 16th annual banquet and auction in the Lifelong Learning Center on the main campus on Thursday, March 5. Student awards and achievements were highlighted along with a silent and oral auction of donated items.
Ag professors Aaron Heinzmann and Bill Waggoner shared the microphone in announcing the 2020 awards. The students took part in a number of extracurricular activities including the PAS (Post Secondary Agriculture) Fall Conference in Bloomington and the PAS Spring Conference in Springfield. Seventeen students will attend the National PAS Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Students from the college also participated in a number of judging activities including: the Dairy Judging Contest in Fort Worth, TX; the All American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA; the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, KY; and World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.
The Ag Club also honored Midwest Tractor Service with their Outstanding Service Award for their continued support with the Brownstown Research Station.
Awards that were presented were: Parker Karrick (Patoka) - Outstanding Student in Applied Science; Justin Huff (Dix) - Outstanding Student in Ag Science; and Cole Kruse (Dyersburg, IA) - Outstanding Dairy Judge.
Professor Waggoner told the crowd how enjoyable it is to hold the annual dinner banquet and auction to support our student activities. He said, “This event is true reminder of the support we have from the agricultural community within and outside of the KC district. Without community support and eager, hard working students, we would not be able to do the things we enjoy in and outside of the classroom. It is a blessing to be able to work with these students on a daily basis”.
Professor Heinzmann adds, “This evening celebrates another extremely successful year for the students in the KC Agriculture program. I deeply appreciate their hard work and dedication to excellence in the classroom and beyond. We wish the graduating students the absolute best as they continue their education or enter the workforce and we look forward to seeing you back at future Ag Banquets.”
The banquet was attended by approximately 225 people and raised over $7,000 for the KC Ag Club.