KC Agriculture Holds Annual Banquet and Auction

April 4, 2019

The Kaskaskia College Agriculture Department held its 15th annual banquet and auction in the Lifelong Learning Center on the main campus on Thursday, March 28th. 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 2019 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. Twenty of the students also attended the National PAS Conference in Louisville, KY.

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 Farm Credit with their Outstanding Service Award for their continued support with scholarships over the year. They also donated $5,000 the evening of the banquet for student scholarships.

Awards that were presented were: Brenden Schettler (Nashville) – Outstanding Student in Applied Science; Brock Irwin (Belvidere) – Outstanding Student in Ag Science; Cady McGehee (Okeechobee, FL) – 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 like a family reunion for the local agricultural industry. I am always amazed how the students pull it all together at the end to make this such a successful event each year, and the group this year did a fabulous job”.

Professor Heinzmann adds, “I would like to thank all of the donors, buyers, and community for their continued backing of our program. In addition, I would like to thank the KC Board of Trustees and Administration for continuing their support of our program.”

The banquet was attended by approximately 300 people and raised over $8,000 for the KC Ag Club.

Pictured above are student award winners: Professor Aaron Heinzmann, Brenden Schettler, Cady McGeehee, Brock Irwin and Professor William Waggoner.

Debbie Hails and Geralyn Isringhaus with Farm Credit and student Taylor Snow. In back are students Cady McGeehee, Brenden Schettler, Professor William Waggoner, Mark Kabat and Rod Stoll with Farm Credit, Professsor Aaron Heinzmann, and students Alex Mode, Brock Irwin and Patrick Tegeler.