SFHS advanced agricultural program earns accolades

by Erin Kisiolek
SFHS Student Journalist


MEGAN HAND, Sheboygan Falls High School FFA treasurer, speaks on camera about the leadership experiences that she has had in FFA at SFHS, as well as her desire to attend college to become an ag educator, as part of a Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators (WAAE) video set to be released in late March. – Submitted photo MEGAN HAND, Sheboygan Falls High School FFA treasurer, speaks on camera about the leadership experiences that she has had in FFA at SFHS, as well as her desire to attend college to become an ag educator, as part of a Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators (WAAE) video set to be released in late March. – Submitted photo As you walk the halls of Sheboygan Falls High School (SFHS), you’ll be able to find an advanced agricultural program, a strong National FFA Organization, facilities to enhance agricultural education and a dedicated, hard-working instructor, Bruce Brunner.

Brunner has been a part of the SFHS staff for 18 years, but he isn’t your typical teacher.

During the school year, Brunner comes to work early and leaves late. He also continues to work throughout the summer to maintain the facilities in order to ensure optimal learning environments and opportunities to prepare for the next school.

Brunner is also advisor for the National FFA Organization club, which comes with a lot more responsibilities than he already takes on with teaching.

Because of these commitments, he is only described positively by both his co-workers and students.

“Mr. Brunner has taught me a lot throughout my years in high school,” said SFHS Senior Sydney Theobald. “He teaches more than just the textbook. He teaches life skills. He makes sure his students know what hard work is and how it pays off. Ultimately, Mr. Brunner has showed me that it’s not about how bad you want it, its about how hard you are willing to work for it.”

To help students enhance their agricultural experience while in high school, the department of agriculture at SFHS has a large shop, two hoop houses, a greenhouse and a barn.

Within the shop, students are able to do various handson activities such as butchering pigs, extracting honey from beehives, learning how to make cheese and butter from scratch, and creating taxidermy.

The hoop houses allow students to be able to grow produce, including tomatoes, lettuce, garlic, onion, green and red peppers and carrots. The produce grown by the students is then distributed throughout the school.

It is used by the kitchen staff for school lunches, as well as by the students involved in culinary classes.

Other than the hoop houses, the greenhouse allows students to be able to properly plant and care for their own plants and flowers. Also throughout the years, the barn has held a variety of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks, chinchillas and occasionally students are able to bring in pets of their own, such as horses and calves.

The students are known to have a lot of fun with the many hands-on activities there are able to perform inside these aspects of the department.

Due to all these factors, SFHS has been picked amongst many schools in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) to be featured in their video showing other schools an exemplary example of educating students about agriculture.

Two students from SFHS shared the spotlight in the video, Amber Pashley, FFA president, and Megan Hand, FFA treasurer.

In the video, the girls are asked questions to describe the agricultural program provided at their high school, the instructor of the program and how the program has impacted their individual lives.

Without hesitation, Pashley answered, “Mr. Brunner has made a huge difference in my life from my freshman year all the way through my senior year. He has really pushed me to better myself and participate in speaking contests, judging contests and other things FFA represents. Becoming an FFA officer my sophomore year lead me to my leadership role as president of our FFA chapter my senior year.”

Pashley and Hand can also be seen showing how they, and their classmates, had scored bucks by doing the Boone and Crockett sheet.

They also demonstrated several daily responsibilities that are done by the students in the barn, which include feeding the animals and making sure their living spaces are clean.

During WAAE’s visit, the producers were also able to capture class time when students were measuring certain components of the hoop house.

SFHS is very proud of their agricultural department and the resources they have implemented over the years.

Unfortunately, many people know very little about agricultural education in general, specifically our program.

The WAAE is on mission to change this. Their ultimate goal is to spread awareness about these departments and the dedicated educators that make them the successful programs they are.

The video clip has already been filmed and will now be edited by Dan Hagenow, founder and owner of Dan Hagenow Video Creation.

The video is expected to be released by late March.


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