Kaskaskia College Holds Agriculture and Horticulture Banquet

Kaskaskia College honored its Agriculture and Horticulture students recently with approximately 200 people attending the 9th Annual Agriculture Banquet.  The banquet celebrates the accomplishments of the students throughout the year, recognizes students for outstanding achievements, and serves as a fundraiser for the KC Agriculture and Horticulture program. 
Awards were handed out honoring outstanding students and local individuals.
The Outstanding Horticulture Student Award was given to Jeremy Kleiboeker from Breese.  He is the son of Tony and Charmain Kleiboeker.  Jeremy is a second year student in the Kaskaskia Horticulture Program. He is planning to receive his Associate’s Degree in Horticulture Science and after graduation, plans to go into the workforce and continue working at Plant Land in Beckemeyer.  In the future, Jeremy plans to go back to school and get his Associate’s Degree in Business.
Samantha Ropp of Strawn was given was the Outstanding Dairy Judging Award. She is the daughter of Darrin and Sandy Ropp of Strawn.  Ropp finished in the top ten in many competitions in 2012.  At the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, she received 2nd place overall, making her an All-American Dairy Judger. At Kaskaskia, Sam will be receiving her Associate Degree in Agriculture and is planning to transfer to the University of Illinois where she will study Animal Science and be a member of the Dairy Judging Team.
Brian Schumacher of St. Rose was given was the Outstanding Student in Agricultural Business, Production, or Dairy. He is the son of Martin and Karen Schumacher and is studying Agricultural Dairy Science at Kaskaskia. Upon graduation, he will receive his Associate in Applied Science Degree.  He is on the dairy judging team and is the retiring President of the Ag Club. After graduating from KC, Brian plans to go back to the family farm and help run Blue Mound Dairy in St. Rose.
Receiving the Outstanding Student in Agricultural Science Excellence and Leadership Award was Katie Cayo from Mulberry Grove.  She is the daughter of Steve and Lora Kennedy. Katie is the retiring Ag Club Reporter and served as the State PAS President for the 2012-2013 year. She will be receiving an Associate in Arts Degree and plans to attend Southern Illinois University  at Carbondale and get her Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness Economics and Agricultural Communication.
This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Service Award was Burke Davies of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District.  This award is given to someone in the community that helps the Ag Club by donating time, money, and their expertise.  Davies helps every year with the Land Use CDE hosted by Kaskaskia for the Section 21 FFA. He is always a great resource for the Aggies and is always willing to help when needed.
The Agriculture and Horticulture faculty and students wish to thank all who donated, attended and bid on auction items.  For more information on the Kaskaskia Agriculture and Horticulture Club please visit or like us on Facebook.

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