Greenville FFA Honored

Members of the Greenville FFA Chapter attended the 88th annual Illinois State FFA Convention on June 14-16 along with 3,500 other FFA members, advisors, and guests.

“BUILD” was the theme of the three-day event which recognizes annual successes of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. Students at the convention were greeted with activities including an exhibit hall featuring colleges and businesses, an evening dance and talent show, and an opportunity to engage in the history of Illinois’ capital city. The convention program featured keynote presentations by National FFA Secretary Nick Baker and National Football League chaplain and former player Ray McElroy. Attendees were also entertained by Mark Hood, a former contestant on “The Voice” as well as an Illinois FFA alumnus from Chicago.

During the convention, the following awards were presented to the Greenville FFA chapter:

National Chapter Award, Student Development Section Winner: As part of the National Chapter Award program and the chapter’s program of activities, student development is designed to encourage the chapter to develop individual and cooperative activities to enhance students’ life skills.

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Pictured above (from L to R) Shelbi McCray and Cole Wall

Heritage Award Section Winner: This program encourages FFA chapters to inform people on their heritage and rights and responsibilities as citizens. Increased involvement of every citizen in local, state, and federal issues provides an important voice in the legislative process that is granted under the Illinois and U.S. Constitutions. The Illinois Farm Bureau sponsors a trip for members to Washington D.C. in late June to tour the nation’s capital.

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Pictured above (from L to R) Cole Wall and Ashley Manning

Cooperative Activities Section Winner: Through this program, FFA Members and advisors learn the values and principles of cooperative businesses in the American Free Enterprise System and develop an understanding of the cooperative way of doing business. The Illinois Farm Bureau sponsors a trip for members to Washington D.C. in late June to tour the nation’s capital.

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Pictured above (from L to R) Brooke Krankel and Brad Beckert

Cooperative Activities State Top 5 – 1st Place: Through this program, FFA Members and advisors learn the values and principles of cooperative businesses in the American Free Enterprise System and develop an understanding of the cooperative way of doing business. The Illinois Farm Bureau sponsors a trip for members to Washington D.C. in late June to tour the nation’s capital.

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Pictured above (from L to R) Brooke Krankel and Brad Beckert

Outstanding Chapter Reporter Award: Brooke Krankel was recognized as one of ten outstanding chapter reporters in the state for exemplary dedication and diligence in communicating with chapter members and the local media. The award is sponsored by Illinois Agri-News.

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Pictured above: Brooke Krankel

National Chapter Award, Chapter Development Section Winner: As part of the National Chapter Award program and the chapter’s program of activities, chapter development is designed to encourage opportunities and service for members, such as promoting increased member participation and financial responsibility, creating a positive image, and interacting with support groups and cooperatives through organized activities.

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Pictured above (from L to R) Shelbi McCray and Levi Siebert

Foundation Club Award Recipient: The chapter was recognized for coordinating a chapter campaign for the Illinois Foundation FFA which raised at least $3,000. The chapter’s fundraising total was $8,101.15 — which ranked fourth overall in the state.

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Pictured above (from L to R) Shelbi McCray and Levi Siebert

Banker’s Plaque Award Section Winner: The Bankers Plaque is given to the chapter in each section with the highest overall score on the National Chapter Award application. This award is sponsored by the Illinois Bankers Association.

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Pictured above (from L to R) Brooke Krankel and Kat Moore