Ag Recognition Reception

Last updated 2/4/2014
2013 Ag Reception program coverThe 2014 BHC Ag Recognition Reception will honor students, staff, volunteers businesses and other individuals involved in the Black Hawk College East Campus agriculture programs May 16 at the Agribusiness Club’s 41st annual Agriculture Recognition Reception.

Click here to view the 2013 Ag Recognition Reception Program online (program contains results of all contests)

The 2013 reception, sponsored by BASF, Dow/Mycogen Seeds, GROWMARK FS and VandeVoorde Sales, Inc., recognized student achievements which included 32 honor graduates, five who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA; 89 scholarship recipients; 36 achievement award winners; seven Founders Scholars and 20 Phi Theta Kappa honor society inductees.

Coaches also recapped the accomplishments and highlights of the competition teams, accomplishments and highlights of the competition teams, beginning with the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS), an extension of high school FFA at the college level. This past fall 11 students competed at the Fall Leadership Conference held in Canton, Ill. The Floriculture Specialist Award Program team placed 1st; Laura DeBaillie of Coal Valley placed 1st individually with teammate Taylor Wilkinson of Wyoming placing 2nd. In February, a team of six competed at the Illinois PAS Annual Conference in Springfield, Ill. The DeBaillie/Wilkinson team placed 1st in the Landscape Specialist Award Program with DeBaillie once again placing 1st individually and Wilkinson placing 2nd. In March these two advanced to the National PAS Conference in Louisville, Kentucky where they placed 3rd in the Landscaping and Nursery Specialist Program with DeBaillie placing 5th individually. Students were co-advised by Bill Good and Carla Jaquet.

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team, coached by Donna Irvin and Drew Cotton (47 participants), finished the regular nine-meet season earning eight team championships and one reserve championships; placed as High Point Team Champion at the Regional competition; and a 4th finish at Semifinals. The team had 22 students compete at the Regionals and 11 went on to compete at Semifinals.

Twenty-two of the students were members of the Academic All American IHSA Team, chosen by the IHSA Coaches Association. Students earning this honor must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and have shown in two or more meets. First Team with a GPA of 3.8 or above included: Crystal Dragger of Brussels, Wis.; Nicole Farina of McHenry; Ashley Hansen of Muscatine, Iowa; Jamie Mueller of Reynolds; Sarah Schobert of Salem, Va.; Austin Scholl of Menoken, N.D.; Sarah Simpson of Dennison; Mary Staub of Lakeview, Ore.; and Tori Tobey of Astoria, Ore. Second Team with a APR of 3.5 or above included: Josh Clevenger of Mt. Olive; Carmen Conrad of Howards Grove, Wis.; Agatha Dumford of Syracuse, N.Y.; Jordan Goodwin of Wanatah, Ind.; Katherine Grimm of Bettendorf, Iowa; Brittany Hageman of Stillman Valley; Ali Johannsen of Rock Falls; Josh Murphy of Ewing, Mo.; Codi Reed of Woodhull; Allison Schleis of Waunakee, Wis.; Gabrielle Schuler of Cambridge, Wis.; Carrie Somerville of Onslow, Iowa and Jayme Warner of Verona, Wis.

At Nationals competition, Alissa Frederick of West Chicago finished 4th Overall out of 26 in the AQHA cup. This is a competition between each Regional champion high point rider. It is a 2-phase event of horsemanship and reining. Freshman, Carmen Conrad of Howards Grove, Wis. finished 6th in Novice Horsemanship. Sophomore Josh Murphy of Hannibal, Mo. was 8th in Intermediate and sophomores Christie Darnall of Geneva and Ali Johannsen of Rock Falls finished 9th and 10th in Beginner horsemanship.

Alumni Rider Tillie Brotherton was 3rd in the alumni division. Also two recent grads of the program won National titles. Kayla Wells coached by Amanda Love another East Campus grad won the team advanced division and was on the national champion team representing West Texas A&M. Bekah Irish was national champion in reining riding for the 3rd place team in the nation, the University of Findlay.

The Soil Judging Team, co-coached by Andrew Larson and Scott Wiesbrook, competed at the American Society of Agronomy Regional Contest this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The 10-member team placed 2nd Overall. Seven students participated this spring at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contest hosted this year at Texas Tech (Lubbock, Texas). Not only did the team place first in the nation, Blake Retherford of Speer placed first in the nation followed by teammates Shelbi Louck of Redkey, Ind. 2nd; Tyler Pierson of Colon, Mich. 4th and Sean Morrissey of Toulon 6th in the top ten Individual placings. This is the fifth year in a row that a Black Hawk College student has been named the national champion soil judge.

Other teams competing at NACTA included Ag Communications Team coached by Carla Jaquet, placing second; Agribusiness Management Team coached by Bill Good, placing 3rd with Seth Strom of Victoria placing fifth in the Individual ranking; Crops Team coached by Andrew Larson; Dairy Cattle Team coached by Dan Hoge and Lee Denzer, placing second with Amber Shipe of Waterloo, Ind. placing 2nd in the Individual rankings and teammates Logan Rinehold of Auburn, Ind. finishing 5th and Breanna Lawyer of Shirley, Ind. finishing 10th; Horse Team coached by Aaron Callahan placing first with Aly Schleis of Waunakee, Wis. placing first in the Individual ranking followed by teammates Grace Guyer of Kokomo, Ind., placing 2nd, Heather Burroughs of Muscatine, Iowa 4th, Emily Stenzel of Bartonville 5th and Ashley Hansen of Muscatine, Iowa 6th; Knowledge Bowl Team coached by Andrew Larson and Lee Denzer placing 2nd; Livestock Management Team coached by Lee Denzer, placing 2nd with Logan Rinehold of Auburn, Ind. placing 5th in the Individual ranking followed by teammate Nick Fitzsimmons of Vail, Iowa 8th; Livestock Judging Team coached by Dan Hoge and Jared Boyert, placing 1st with Caitlyn Bowyer of Sumner placing 2nd in the Individual ranking followed by teammates Elizabeth Heaton of Toulon 6th, Cory Edge of Rosedale, Ind. 8th and Matthew Hahn of Minonk 10th; and Meats Team coached by Lee Denzer placing 4th. NACTA is considered the “World Series of College Agriculture.”

The Horse Judging Team, coached by Aaron Callahan, competed at four contests. The sophomore team (11 members) finished their two-year judging career placing 1st at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and 2nd at the American Quarter Horse World Show contests this fall.

Five of the students were members of the Academic All American Horse Judging Team, chosen by the National Horse Judging Team Coach Association. Students earning this honor must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and be in the top 10 overall at the national level. Distinguished Academic All Americans have a GPA of 3.85 or higher. Members included: Josh Clevenger of Mt. Olive; Sarah Lewis of Fishers, Ind.; Sarah Schobert of Salem, Va.; Austin Scholl of Menoken, N.D.; and Sarah Simpson of Dennison. The freshmen team (10 members) took over this spring finishing undefeated at both the Middle Tennessee State University and NACTA contests.

The Livestock Judging teams (14 sophomores and 16 freshmen) were coached by Dan Hoge and Jared Boyert. The freshmen traveled to five contests and came home with two 1st, a 2nd, 5th and 6th in team competitions. The sophomore team finished their two-year career judging 12 national contests placing in the top 10 in ten of those competitions.

Three of the students were members of the Academic All American Livestock Judging Team, chosen by the National Junior College Coaches Association as being in the top 15 individually at the national level based on academics and national judging achievements. Members included: Jake Bloomberg of Berwick; Breanna Lawyer of Shirley, Ind.; and Logan Rinehold of Auburn, Ind.

Outstanding student award plaques were provided by the Black Hawk College East Foundation. This year special awards were given to freshmen and sophomores for their outstanding achievements:

Click here to view special awards were given to freshmen and sophomores for their outstanding achievements: »

All hometowns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

Susan Shipp Memorial Scholarship – given to a freshman horse judge with an emphasis on oral reasons, personal character as well as first semester GPA.
Allison Schleis of Waunakee, Wis.

Pard’s Western Store Award – given to the sophomore horse judge who earns the most points in national contest their sophomore year. 
Sarah Schobert of Salem, Va..

Robert & Jean Wolf Memorial Scholarship – given annually to the sophomore who participated on the horse judging team all four semesters, set high goals, made major progress in both placing scores and reasons scores, finished strong and plans to further their education and judging career. 
Ashley Davis of Russiaville, Ind.

Cory Lowderman Freshman Challenge Award – given to a freshman livestock judge, who maintains a minimum 2.5 GPA, completes a minimum of 30 credit hours and had the best combined scores for the year.  Cory Edge of Rosedale, Ind.

Denzer Memorial Award – given to a sophomore livestock judge who best exemplifies Norma’s dedication and determination to always do your best and never, never give-up attitude.  Sarah DeSchepper of Altona.

Ken Urban Memorial Award – given to a sophomore livestock judge who combines the highest total scores in all the national swine judging competitions their sophomore year.  Nick Fitzsimmons of Vail, Iowa.

Denny Benoodt Memorial Award – given to the sophomore livestock judge who accumulates the highest score in cattle judging at national competition.
Austin Weber of Avilla, Ind.

Gwen Peterson Memorial Award – given to the outstanding sheep judge at the national level.  Will Coor of Selma, N.C.

Elmer Hoge Memorial/Mid-Continent Scholarship – given to the sophomore livestock judge who compiles the most points all around during the year. 
Jake Bloomberg of Berwick.

BHE Livestock Judging Reasons Award – given to the sophomore judge with the highest reason scores in national competition. 
Breanna Lawyer of Shirley, Ind.

Todd DeMay Memorial Award – given to an outstanding freshman majoring in Ag Transfer; selection based on academic excellence and participation in extra-curricular activities. Ashley Hansen of Muscatine, Iowa.

Agriculture Business Award – given to the best all-around sophomore majoring in Agri-Business.  Joe Tatman of Harrington, Del.

Agriculture Production Award – given to the best all-round sophomore majoring in Ag Production.  Josh Zeltwinger of Francesville, Ind.

Horticulture Award – given to an outstanding sophomore student in the Horticulture program.  Sarah Hahn of Altona.

Verden and Verna Lee Broers Stockman’s Award – given to two outstanding agriculture students who have competed two years in the agriculture programs; one student from the agriculture related programs and one student from the equine related programs. This award is given to students who have exemplified excellence in demonstrating interest and tremendous effort in supporting the animal sciences activities both on and off campus.
Max Look of Mapleton and Brianna Ball of Kewanee.

Rosemary E. Ward Memorial Scholarship – given to an outstanding sophomore student in the Ag Transfer program.  Breanna Lawyer of Shirley, Ind.

Horse Science Award – given to the best all-around sophomore majoring in Horse Science.  Amanda Sonnenberg of Crystal Lake.

Equestrian Science Award – given to the best all-around sophomore majoring in Equestrian Science.  Josh Clevenger of Mt. Olive.

Sophomore Ag Mechanics Award – given to the outstanding agriculture mechanic student who completed two years in the Ag Mechanics Career Work Experience program and exemplified an extra effort of achieving excellence in the classroom, on work experience and involvement in extracurricular activities.  Jonathan Swanson of Lynn Center.

Sophomore Automotive Technician Award – given to the outstanding automotive technician student who completed two years in the Auto Mechanics Career Work Experience program and exemplified an extra effort of achieving excellence in the classroom, on work experience and involvement in extracurricular activities.  Philip Schwigen of Kewanee.

2013 Award RecipientsAward recipients at the Black Hawk College East Campus Ag Recognition Reception are, from left: Will Coor (Selma, N.C.), Austin Weber (Avilla, Ind.), Jake Bloomberg (Berwick), Sarah DeSchepper (Altona), Nick Fitzsimmons (Vail, Iowa), Max Look (Mapleton), Breanna Lawyer (Shirley, Ind.), Ashley Hansen (Muscatine, Iowa), Cory Edge (Rosedale, Ind.), Joe Tatman (Harrington, Del.), Josh Clevenger (Mt. Olive), Josh Zeltwanger (Francesville, Ind.), Sarah Hahn (Altona), Brianna Ball (Kewanee), Amanda Sonnenberg (Crystal Lake), Ashley Davis (Russiaville, Ind.) and Sarah Schobert (Salem, Va.)
Missing from the photo were:
Allison Schleis (Waunakee, Wis.), Philip Schwigen (Kewanee) and Jonathan Swanson (Lynn Center)

Rosemary E. Ward Memorial Scholarship Denzer Memorial Award Verden & Verna Lee Broers Stockman Award
From left: Mr. & Mrs. Lawyer, Breanna Lawyer and Deanna Hoge representing Donal Ward of Walnut (Agriculture Transfer [Rosemary E. Ward] Memorial From left: Lee Denzer, Sarah DeSchepper (Altona) and her parents From left: Brianna Ball (Kewanee), Deanna Hoge and Max Look (Mapleton)