Greenville FFA Chapter Brings Home Gold From 87th State FFA Convention

Greenville FFA Members attending the State FFA Convention. Front Row L to R Cara Thiems, Kailah Hilmes, Brooke Krankel, Shelbi McCray, and Amber Blackmon. Back Row Caleb Gaffner, Matthew Barbey, Kaeden Mollett, Mark Ayers, Mitchell Langham, and Joshua Pierce

Eleven members of the Greenville FFA Chapter attended the 87th Illinois State FFA Convention June 9-11 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

The Greenville FFA Chapter was selected as a Gold Emblem chapter in the National Chapter Award Program. The National Chapter Award consists of three areas in which the chapter competes: Student Development, Chapter Development, and Community Development. The chapter placed first in the section in Student Development, Chapter Development, and Community Development and also received the Bankers Plaque for having the top program in Section 19. The chapter placed 5th in the State and was Section 19 winner and Gold Emblem in both the Cooperative Activities Program and Heritage Activities program.

Other awards received by the chapter include the Sweepstakes Award for participation in all the programs sponsored by the Illinois FFA. The chapter was also recognized for their foundation collection this past year. The chapter placed fourth in State Foundation Collection and received the $8,000 Club Award.

The chapter will have four FFA members attending the Cooperative and Heritage Tours to Washington D.C. with the Illinois Farm Bureau for these accomplishments this summer.

Amber Blackmon participated in the State FFA Band during the three days of the convention. She also auditioned for the National FFA Band that performs during the National FFA Convention in October. She was selected as a finalist for the National FFA Band by the Band Director at the State Convention.

Amber Blackmon participating in the State FFA Band
Amber Blackmon participating in the State FFA Band

Kaeden Mollett received the State FFA Degree. This is the highest degree a member may obtain in the Illinois FFA. It is based on record keeping, scholarship, and FFA involvement.

Kaeden Mollett received the State FFA Degree
Kaeden Mollett received the State FFA Degree

The new section 19 officer team took their new positions which includes Greenville FFA member Cara Thiems as Section 19 President.

New Section 19 President Cara Thiems and Vice President Dominic Ruppert
New Section 19 President Cara Thiems and Vice President Dominic Ruppert

New State Officers were elected and include: Cade Hill from the Paxton Buckley Loda FFA Chapter, President; Conner Carmody from the Calhoun FFA Chapter, Vice-President; Kolton Kimpling from the Woodland FFA Chapter, Reporter; Susie Thompson from the Central-Burlington FFA Chapter, Secretary; and Jordan Johns from the Pontiac FFA Chapter, Treasurer.