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WALSAA Announces 2020 Farm and Industry Short Course Student Awards

Jul. 22, 2020
Category: Recognition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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WALSAA Announces 2020 Farm and Industry Short Course Student Awards

MADISON, Wis. (April 11, 2020) –The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) is pleased to announce the Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) Award recipients for the 2019-20 school year.

FISC focuses on production agriculture and is the longest-standing program in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Courses are held during the winter months of the school year to accommodate students with obligations on their family farms. The FISC program has more than 6,000 alumni and is led by UW-Madison’s premier agriculture and life sciences researchers and instructors.

WALSAA offers three groups of awards to FISC students – Outstanding FISC Student, Activities and Leadership, and Academic Excellence. All awards were presented on March 12, 2020 at the FISC graduation celebration.

Outstanding FISC Student – Five scholarships were presented to students who displayed excellence in leadership, service, academics and work experience. This year’s winners were: $1,000 to Jenna Breitenfeldt, Wausau, Wis.; $500 to Emma Sanderson, Fredonia, Wis.; $500 to Luke Wavrunek, Denmark, Wis.; $250 to Hailey Richardson, Elkhorn, Wis.; and $250 to Jeremy Schlies, Denmark, Wis.

Activities and Leadership Award – Three awards were presented to students actively involved in campus organizations and leadership opportunities. This year’s winners were: Jenna Breitenfeldt, Wausau, Wis.; Leo Ehlen, Elkhorn, Wis.; and Sawyer Henk, Beldenville, Wis.

Academic Excellence – Nine awards were given to students with the highest grade point averages in the FISC program. This year’s winners were: Jenna Breitenfeldt, Wausau, Wis.; Jason Doudlah, Evansville, Wis.; Michael Kujawski, Riverhead, NY; Kyle Paulson, Columbus, Wis.; Jacob Roden, Grafton, Wis.; Emma Sanderson, Fredonia, Wis.; Lucas Schroeder, Antigo, Wis.; Benjamin Sherman, Burnsville, Minn.; and Luke Wavrunek, Denmark, Wis.

Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) is a one- or two-year production agriculture program taught during winter months when it is more convenient to leave a production agriculture operation. UW-Madison’s premier agriculture and life science researchers and instructors teach the courses. There are more than 6,000 program alumni to date.

WALSAA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of students, faculty and alumni to the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, known as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS. For more information on WALSAA visit www.WALSAA.org.

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