State FFA to honor two Bowler members

Two Bowler FFA members will receive state recognition for outstanding work in completing their proficiencies and will be honored at the state FFA convention.

Noah Bestul and Alyssa Strassburg had to successfully complete their Supervised Agricultural Experiences to be eligible for the awards. The competition, in which there are roughly 50 areas of study ranging from agricultural communications to wildlife management, has four types of proficiency awards.

Students can enter the categories of agriscience research, entrepreneurship, combined or placement, in which a student commits to working for a business or completing an apprenticeship or internship. Both Bestul and Strassburg completed their placement proficiency.

Bestul filled out his placement proficiency for food processing while working at Wright Place Bar & Grill in Tilleda. His responsibilities included making pizzas, ensuring proper food storage and getting toppings and condiments ready for use.

“My skills have increased in the way of time management, following directions and communication,” Bestul said.

Through the experience, he said he also learned how to be more efficient with his time and identified that he is good with numbers.

“I found that I love making and preparing food,” Bestul said. It helped me change my minor from dairy sciences to food sciences.”

Bestul will be recognized for receiving a gold on his proficiency as one of the eleven FFA members competing in the agricultural processing category.

Strassburg completed her placement proficiency in dairy production while working at Strassburg Creek Dairy.

“I have been lucky enough to be able to learn from not only my father, but also other people wiser than me through this Supervised Agricultural Experience,” Strassburg said, adding that she learned to “work smarter, not harder,” and become a more independent thinker.

“I have had to learn how to do a lot of paperwork and how to manage my time better,” Strassburg said. This is a very important skill for anything I do, but especially helps prepare me for my future, as farming requires very detailed planning and keeping track of information.”

Strassburg was one of 93 FFA members competing in this proficiency category and received a silver.

Both members will be honored at the 89th Wisconsin State FFA Convention in June in Madison.