The La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum is announcing the creation of an annual volunteerism scholarship. This scholarship rewards a male and female FFA member each year who has volunteered their time and talents to the FFA museum throughout their high school career. This scholarship fund was created by a gift from the Alice Fleischer Janss estate as a way to encourage leadership and volunteerism for La Porte-Dysart FFA Chapter students. The first recipients of this scholarship were Natalie Hanson and Eli Kautz.
Natalie Hanson has served in many leadership positions in the FFA including local chapter President and Northeast District FFA office. She has been a winner in the district, state and national Proficiency Award Program in two different areas and was named Iowa’s Star in Agribusiness this past spring at the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference. She advanced to the state level in Creed Speaking, Public Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking and competed at the district, state and national levels in skill areas of Agronomy, Floriculture, Environmental Science, and Dairy Foods. At the museum, Natalie has worked with the museum’s website, volunteered at the Autumn Fair/Fall Festival, and developed exhibits and programs about quilts, industrial molds, and livestock production.  Natalie is attending Iowa State University, studying in the area of Bio-Systems Engineering.
Eli Kautz has been an active FFA member for the La Porte-Dysart FFA chapter, serving as a chapter officer, competing in leadership contests, including Parliamentary Procedure, Job Interview, and Conduct of Meetings, and competing in skill contests in the area of Agronomy, Environmental Science, and Food Science. He advanced to the national contest in Environmental Science, earning a Gold rating, and was named champion individual in the recent state Food Science contest. Eli has been an active volunteer in the community as an FFA member and Boy Scout. Eli was very active in organizing the FFA chapter’s role at the annual Fall Festival/Autumn Fair, programming in the museum’s lower level, and presented a program on Iowa’s agricultural history to a University of Kiev class in the Ukraine last Fall. Eli is enrolled at Iowa State University, studying in the area of Agricultural Engineering.