Four FFA supporters given Distinguished Service Awards

Wisconsin State Farmer
Recipients of the Distinguised Service Awards are (from left) Colleen Geurink, Kevin Hoffman, Regina Oldendorf and Brenda Scheil.

The Distinguished Service Award honors individuals for their outstanding support and their help and guidance to agricultural education and the FFA.

This year's honorees include:

Colleen Geurink - Geurink has been an agricultural education teacher for 34 years, 30 of those years at Marathon High School. She was the Wisconsin FFA Secretary in 1981-82 and also served as a state officer for Wisconsin Junior Dairyman’s Association.

She has served as the Wisconsin Agriscience Fair manager for many years and was recognized as the Wisconsin Agriscience Teacher of the Year in 2001. She has served on the WAAE council, chartered the Marathon FFA Alumni chapter, become a master teacher for Biotechnology, served on the State FFA Officer task force and judged CDEs and agriscience fair entries at state and national levels. She has shown a lifetime commitment to FFA and agricultural education and encourages FFA members to take advantage of the many opportunities and don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.

Kevin Hoffman - Hoffman is this year’s WAAE President who also served as an FFA advisor and agricultural educator at Verona Area High School for 33 years. Hoffman graduated from UW-Platteville and returned to his hometown to teach.

During his career he was a Kohl Scholar Nominee, was recognized by his peers through numerous WAAE awards, and served on state FFA officer selection teams. Mr. Hoffman is active within community events and encourages FFA members to take leadership roles when the opportunities arise and always be available to help others with an eye to the future.

Regina Oldendorf - Regina Oldendorf was the Executive Director of the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association where she has advocated for FFA and agriculture education for 8 years. Oldendorf was a Wisconsin FFA Vice President in 1996-97 from the Cambridge FFA Chapter and taught agriculture for 3 ½ years at Stanley-Boyd where she tripled the FFA membership, reactivated the FFA alumni and produced 1 State FFA Officer.

Brenda Scheil - Scheil has been an FFA advisor and agricultural education instructor for 33 years at the School District of New Auburn. As an FFA advisor she encourages her students to participate in many events which helps explain why she too is a person of many talents, including: advocate, author, master gardener, and mentor.

 Scheil has been recognized by her peers through numerous WAAE awards and as an Agriscience Teacher of the Year Finalist, and a Kohl Teacher Fellowship Recipient.