CALS welcomes 1,016 high-schoolers at UW Collegiate FFA Hockey Extravaganza

More than a thousand high schoolers from 40 Wisconsin school districts came to Madison to consume 280 pizzas and 1.120 cartons of milk, enjoy a raucous pep rally and hear from a couple of CALS deans before heading off to watch the Badgers face off against St. Cloud State for UW Collegiate FFA's Hockey Extravaganza.

Two of the largest lecture halls on campus were filled to the brim Friday night with 1,016 high school youth invited here by the UW-Madison Collegiate FFA (CFFA) student group for pizza, a pep rally and a hockey game. The high school students, representing FFA chapters from more than 40 school districts throughout Wisconsin, ate 280 pizzas and drank 1,120 cartons of milk while they cheered, sang, and played games at the pre-game rallies.

“This event gives high school students a chance to get a glimpse of college life. This is their chance to get a taste of the UW. I think this is a great recruitment tool,” says Katie Dogs, CFFA student president and junior in Life Sciences Communication.

CALS Interim Dean Irwin Goldman spoke to the students at one venue, while Interim Vice Dean Ray Guries addressed them at the other.

Since its inception in 2004, the Hockey Extravaganza has now grown to the point where two lecture halls are needed for the pre-game festivities. Appearances by Bucky Badger and members of the marching band help charge the students up for the game.

“Running two identical pep rallies for that many high schoolers takes a lot of work, but our committee chairs did an excellent job preparing for the event. We’re looking into getting a bigger venue for future years. It’d be nice to have everyone back in the same rally again,” Dogs says.