Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Julie Bulau, Staff writer
Students in EV-W's College-in-the-Schools animal science class experienced some "hands-on" education when they participated in the University of Minnesota field day at the St. Paul Campus Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Six students attended this event including Austin Peterson, Erica McCann, Cindy Schwegel, Anne Gathje, Joel Schmitz, Kayla Kipf.
Labs were arranged by Dr. Tony Seykora and Kyle Rozeboom. Students participated in a tour of the equine facilities and the dairy barn and were required to identify horse breeds and equine equipment.
The students then had an opportunity to practice artificial insemination on cattle repro tracts, clip a cow, and reach inside of the rumen of a fistulated cow.
Students also competed in a dairy heifer showmanship contest. Joel Schmitz took first place, while Anne Gathje and Erica McCann placed second in their class.
The day ended with a heated competition of sheep showmanship. Austin Peterson placed first in his class and earned Reserve Grand Champion in the final sheep show. Peterson showed a Hampshire Sulfolk crossbred market wether.
Animal Science is just one of the CIS courses offered at EV-W through the University of Minnesota. German III and German IV, Advanced American History 1307 and 1308, Advanced Psychology, Advanced Modern Fiction, Advanced Composition and Advanced Public Speaking are among the other courses offering University of Minnesota credits. Students also have the opportunity to attend field days in these courses.
Other CIS classes at EV-W include College Algebra and Pre-Calculus through Fergus Falls Community College, Spanish III and IV through Southwest State University and Physics through
St. Cloud State University.
EV-W can earn up to 43 credits of the 55 offered. Twenty-eight of the 56 members of the class of 2012 graduated with some college credits. Four of those students earned more than 30 credits each.
The result is these EV-W students enter college with one year behind them, allowing them a number of benefits. In addition to experiencing the college rigor in high school, CIS students often benefit from early graduation, and early dorm and registration preference.
EV-W delegation to attend National FFA Convention
Two EV-W students along with advisor Tracy Huhn are among 55,000 students from across the country attending the 2012 National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis this week.
Senior Anne Gathje and sophomore James Gathje, along with advisor Tracy Huhn left Tuesday night for the convention that began Wednesday and runs through Saturday. They will be traveling by bus with other area FFA chapters.
The convention will feature nine general sessions as well as workshops, industry tours, a career fair and a full slate of speakers. Figure skater Scott Hamilton, a member of the Olympic Hall of Fame, will give the keynote address Wednesday night.
This will be Anne's second trip to the national FFA convention. She also attended in 2010 and is looking forward to the return trip. "It's really cool seeing all the states there," she said. "Everyone wears their jackets with their states' names on the back so you can see where everyone is from."
It will be the first trip for younger brother James.
The Gathjes have a special interest in this year's convention. Their older brother Joe, a sophomore at South Dakota State University, will be among the recipients of the American Degree Award.
Each year about 3,500 American Degrees are presented at the National Convention representing less than one half of one percent of all FFA members. This year, 77 FFA members from Minnesota will receive the award.
Joe, Anne and James are three of the six children of Scott and Denise Gathje, EV-W area dairy farmers.