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FFA Honored at State Convention

June 15, 2015

(Taken from official FFA release)

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS  – The proud traditions of Illinois FFA sparked the ambitions of the Clifton-Central FFA Chapter during the 87th Annual Illinois State FFA Convention. The chapter joined more than 3,500 members from across Illinois in Springfield to receive some of the organization’s highest honors and renew their commitment to agriculture.


“Proud Traditions Sparking Ambitions” was the theme of the three-day event, focusing on award ceremonies, motivational speakers and the election of the new major state officer team. Students at the convention were greeted with a multitude of activities and opportunities, such as an exhibit hall featuring colleges and businesses, an evening dance and talent show, and the historical aspects of the state’s capital. National FFA Secretary Victoria Maloch, of Arkansas, gave remarks.


The FFA convention celebrates the annual successes of Illinois chapters and members, elects a new state officer team, and conducts the annual business session before beginning a new year. These proud traditions sparked the ambitions of members for the upcoming year.


Awards presented to the Clifton-Central FFA Chapter include:


Agriscience Research – Plant Systems State Proficiency Winner: Brooke Schafer is the daughter of Dennis and Barb Schafer of Chebanse. Her FFA advisors are Bill Bretzmen and Brett Sorensen. Through her Plant systems SAE, Schafer has learned how to properly collect soil samples, perform soil and plant tissue tests and set up an experiment. She has experimented with organic and inorganic vegetables, testing them for production and macronutrients. It has also given her the experience of effectively raising a garden, and she’s been able to gain sound business management practices.

Pictured in photo (from left to right):  Dennis Schafer and Barb Schafer, parents, Brooke Schafer, member, and Bill Bretzmen and Brett Sorensen, advisors.

Career Development Event State Winner: Veterinary Science

Pictured in photo (from left to right): Tony Dupuis, Brooke Schafer, Allison McCullough, A.J. Hack, members.

Science Fair National Finalist:

Pictured in photo (from left to right): Brooke Schafer, member and CF Industries Sponsors Tim Taylor, Thomas Mollet and Wayne Temple

The Illinois Association FFA is part of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America. More than 17,500 students are in enrolled 326 different FFA chapters in the State of Illinois. FFA is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.illinoisffa.org for more information.


About the Illinois Foundation FFA

Illinois Foundation FFA engages individuals, industry, education, government, and foundations in securing funds to support quality Agricultural Education and FFA programs in Illinois, including providing awards at the State FFA Convention. To learn more about becoming involved, visit www.illinoisffafoundation.org.


For more information, contact:
Illinois FFA Center | 3221 Northfield Drive | Springfield IL 62702

217-753-3328 | www.illinoisffa.org

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