The Outstanding Ag Ed Program is a culmination of hard work, cooperation, community support, success of students in the FFA organization and professional development. In 2014, the Black River Falls Agriculture Education program is recognized as Wisconsin’s Outstanding with Brad Markhardt as instructor, at their annual Professional Development Conference in Middleton on June 18, 2014.
The first line of the National Agriculture Teacher’s Creed states ‘I am an agricultural educator by choice not by chance’ the Wisconsin agriculture community is a better place because this gentleman has made the choice to build an outstanding program. Markhardt views himself as a facilitator leading his student to excellence. Whether it is through experimentation, classroom demonstrations, role-play scenarios, or a variety of processing activities students in this program continuously live the FFA motto ‘doing to learn.’ This year’s outstanding program winner deals daily in diversity, combining an urban school in a rural setting, developing the potential in learners with challenges beyond their control, and a variety of backgrounds.
Markhardt navigates these obstacles with ease or at least he makes it look easy. He has taken full advantage of professional trainings such as state and national conferences, as well as, becoming a DuPoint Agri-Science Ambassador. With these experiences Markhardt has shown his students how to be connected with the agriculture industry regardless of the fact that only 10% of his students have farm backgrounds. To accomplish this he utilizes a 1.2 acre land lab for individual SAE plots along with growing sweet corn, and having a vineyard, orchard, and apiary. In addition, this program has an 8 acre agronomic test plot that is managed by a student-run cooperative. The cooperative has lead to positive partnerships throughout the community and student recognition for achievements. Because of the program’s emphasis on hands-on learningnstudents have been able to demonstrate their talents through speaking contests, career development events and numerous other activities.WAAE congratulates 2014 Outstanding Program Winner Black River Falls.
Picture: Brad Markhardt, Black River Falls High School accepting award from Don Joskos, award sponsor.
There are a limited number of 4K-Grade 5 yearbooks available at $10 each. If you are interested in purchasing one, please e-mail email@example.com. Checks should be made payable to BRF PTO.
Congratulations to Taylor Inches and Amara Baker for being selected to attend Badger Girls State in June! They learned a lot about American government and had the opportunity to meet many of our state officials. Taylor even got a selfie with Governor Walker!
Each month of the school year, the employees of the School District of Black River Falls raise money with their “Denim Day Fridays” and then donate that money to a worthy group in the community. For the month of May, the employees from BRFSD raised $476.00, which High School Principal Tom Chambers presented to Mary Woods for use in the Jackson County History room. Ms. Woods stated that she will use the money towards purchasing the microfiche documents of the local newspapers, which are valuable historical resources and used very often by the patrons of this wonderful community resource.
Nine high school students and Wisconsin FCCLA Executive Council advisers spent three and a half days learning about leadership, planning events and setting personal, local, and statewide chapter goals for their year in office.
As Vice President of Public Relations, BRF senior Devin Newby will create and implement the Wisconsin FCCLA state program of work, promote the National FCCLA Outreach Project, national programs and community service opportunities within our community and throughout the state.
While attending the All Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) training at Edgewood College in Madison, officers and advisers worked to prepare a program for the state of Wisconsin’s members and advisers.
All the students led organization are focusing on a statewide service project of “The Dangers of Using a Mobile Device While Driving.” Along with selecting and planning a statewide initiative that covers all CTSO student organizations, officers attended a etiquette dinner, and practiced parliamentary procedure.