State FFA Convention Recap

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FFA members from across the state gathered in Springfield, June 10-12 for the 86th annual State FFA Convention. New FFA Officers were elected, awards were given, and fun was had by all!

2014-2015 State FFA Officers:Ffarecapins

President- Cody Morris (Mattoon)

Vice President- Tommy Justison (Hillsboro)

Reporter- Andrew Klein (Amboy)

Secretary- Renee Kinzinger (New Athens)

Treasurer- Willow Krumweide (Pittsfield)

Illinois Farm Bureau and Affiliates, as well as the IFB Young Leaders sponsored three FFA awards this year. All winning chapters and top presidents were also recognized at the convention.

Harvest for All

More than 30 million Americans go to bed hungry every night. FFA members understand that American farmers grow enough food to feed everyone, but not everyone can afford to buy all the food they need. That’s where Harvest For All comes in! FFA holds a statewide food drive to collect canned goods or monetary donations to pass on to Illinois food banks. Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders wanted to help increase donations by rewarding the top 5 FFA chapters who put in the most time, effort, and food.

The top five chapters:

  1. Taylorville
  2. Chicago Ag Sciences
  3. West Central
  4. Newark
  5. Orion

Heritage and Cooperative

The YEA! (Youth Education in Agriculture) Heritage Program helps FFA members dig into their history to better understand their rights and roots. Chapters complemented various projects to compete to be one of the high-scoring applicants.

The top five chapters are:

  1. Goreville
  2. Midland
  3. Oregon
  4. Taylorville
  5. Seneca

YEA! Co-op challenges FFA chapters to learn about cooperative businesses by creating their own. Chapters across the state began their own business in their school and/or community. Many FFA chapters entered, but only five could be in the top.

The top five chapters:

  1. Goreville
  2. Greenville
  3. Mt. Vernon
  4. Pinckneyville
  5. Seneca

Top Chapter Presidents

FFA chapter presidents work with their advisor to apply to be one of the best. It takes a lot to be a chapter president, and even more to be one of the top ten in the state. Presidents must be innovative, dedicated, and hard working to lead a successful FFA chapter. A panel of judges scores the participants on leadership skills, personal growth, and career success.

This year’s top presidents:

  1. Kenzie Kaiser (Lena-Winslow)
  2. Jake Chapman (Ashton-Franklin Center)
  3. Katie Miller (Cambridge)
  4. Mary Fielding (Orion)
  5. Sydney Bigger (West Central)
  6. Derek Doeing (Newark)
  7. Melanie Bennett (Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich)
  8. Kade Hill (Paxton-Buckley-Loda)
  9. Wyatt Capps (Mt. Vernon)
  10. Mitchell Malone (Grayville)

A big thank you to each FFA chapter for all that you do, and congratulations to outstanding chapter presidents.

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