WIU Alumni Lead Students to National FFA Awards
November 18, 2021
MACOMB, IL – Alumni from the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture led the FFA chapters from the excessive faculties the place they train to quite a few first place awards on the 94th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.
• Bryan Schullian, a 2010 agriculture schooling graduate and Southeastern High School agriculture trainer and FFA advisor: Students Savannah Ramsey and Amanda Stephens had been the primary place Agriscience winner in Environmental Science and Natural Resources – Division 2.
“Savannah and Amanda accomplished an agriscience analysis venture making a symbiotic relationship between tilapia and tomato vegetation,” stated Schullian. “They examined what number of vegetation can be wanted to create a wholesome dwelling setting for the tilapia, and for the 2 species to thrive from each other. They discovered the most effective ratio to be 18 and 24 tomato vegetation per two tilapia fish. Through this venture, Savannah and Amanda valued the significance of dedication and arduous work, checking the fish and setting every day. They additionally gained expertise associated to caring for fish, testing water high quality, sustaining rising environments and micro organism development and correctly weighing the vegetation to measure mass.”
• Kent Rigg, a 2001 agriculture schooling graduate and Williamsfield High School agriculture trainer and FFA advisor: Williamsfield sophomore Sidney Stiers received first place in Creed Speaking.
“Sidney is actively concerned in her household farm whereas additionally having a number of SAEs together with two entrepreneurial,” stated Rigg. “Sidney is a fourth era creed contestant with every era competing, together with her mother profitable state some time again. She is the primary to seize the nationwide title. She has a ardour for agriculture and FFA. Preparing for the creed competitors has been an exquisite expertise – she had the chance to develop as a public speaker and meet so many individuals alongside the way in which. Sidney labored lots with our college Principal Zack Binder to polish her supply, in addition to State Representative Dan Shawson, Corey Flourney a former National Officer from Chicago Ag Science, and so many extra. Additionally, her success within the creed has fueled ardour for the FFA program and plenty of college students are keen to become involved. The entire faculty and group have been so supportive alongside the way in which and have meant the world to her.”
• Cindy Feltmeyer, a 2009 agriculture schooling graduate and Eastland High School agriculture trainer and FFA advisor: Students Alyssa Miller, Delana Erbsen, Nevin Erbsen and Ella Gunderson received first place in Dairy Cattle and Evaluation.
• Kaylyn Davenport, a 2014 graduate and Merced-El Capitan High School (California): Students Autumn Miller, Nikolas Williams and Makalya Ward – first place in Marketing Plan:
“The Marketing Plan CDE requires college students to write and current a advertising and marketing plan for an area agriculture enterprise. It was a terrific expertise for my college students to assist an actual enterprise be taught strategies for growing their earnings by incorporating advertising and marketing methods,” stated Davenport. “I’m very happy with the work my college students put in. They have been engaged on this advertising and marketing plan since February. They are very happy with the very fact they’re nationwide champions, however are extra happy with the very fact they had been in a position to assist native agriculturalists in our group. The expertise they gained from this competitors can be precious for the remainder of their lives. Even if they don’t go into advertising and marketing straight, they’ve gained communication, public talking and management expertise that can be useful in any profession they select.”
• Kyle Miller, a 1993 graduate and agriculture trainer and FFA advisor for Prairie Center High School: First place in Ag Sales and first place in Milk Quality and Products.
For extra details about the WIU School of Agriculture, go to wiu.edu/agriculture.
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