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Wisconsin Inducts Two Individuals into Hall of Fame

June 20, 2023 Adult Recognition

The Wisconsin Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have remained committed to our organization throughout their entire lives and have immensely impacted it in a positive manner.

The members of the Wisconsin FFA Hall of Fame are recognized by a plaque in their honor at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The Hall of Fame Recognition plaque is made possible by the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. 

The following individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 94th Wisconsin FFA Convention:

Diane Morgan
Diane Morgan started her agriculture education and FFA membership as a student in Galena, Illinois. Her father’s teachings that hard work, dedication and passion for production agriculture is a privilege everyone does not have the opportunity to experience ignited in her a desire to become an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. She received her degree at Illinois State University and taught for 4 years at Shullsburg, 4 years at Milton and 25 years at Janesville Craig High School where she retired from teaching in 2021. At Craig, she rechartered the program and curriculum and had students achieve excellence at the state and national levels in proficiency, LDE and CDE contests. She was named the 2022 NAAE Outstanding Ag Educator and the 2021 WAAE Outstanding Ag Educator. Since retiring from the classroom, she now serves as the Wisconsin FFA CDE Coordinator. Mrs. Morgan’s advice to FFA members
is, “Don’t be afraid to try something new – the FFA and agriculture has many opportunities for the youth of today – get involved!”

Dennis Uppena

Dennis Uppena began his FFA membership at Cassville High School and he later concluded his professional career as an agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at Cassville High School. He received his degree in agriculture education at UW-Platteville and went on to teach for 2 years at
West Grant High School before returning to Cassville where he served for 37 years. During his tenure, he had many students participate in the soils/land evaluation competition and his teams competed at national 14 times. His knowledge of the subject matter resulted in Mr. Uppena helping
re-write the Wisconsin FFA Land Judging Manual. Mr. Uppena’s advice to FFA members is, “Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can that will help you grow as a person and prepare you for challenges in life that you don’t see coming.”

The Wisconsin Association is forever grateful to the service that these individuals provided our association.

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