Members of the Mulberry Grove FFA chapter attended the 90th annual Illinois State FFA Convention on June 12-14 along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests.
“Be Bold” was the theme of the three-day event which recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. Students at the convention were greeted with activities including a career fair featuring colleges and agribusinesses, an evening dance and talent show, and an opportunity to engage in the history of Illinois’ capital city. The Convention’s 2018 service project benefitted children through “The Crayon Initiative,” which collects old, used crayons and creates new ones for distribution to art programs at children’s hospitals across the nation. The convention program featured addresses by National FFA Southern Region Vice President Ian Bennett of Georgia and from each of the retiring major state officers.
During the convention, the following award was presented to the Mulberry Grove FFA chapter:
GROWMARK Essay Contest Winner: Ross Tompkins was recognized for writing the top essay in the state. The contest is intended to encourage students to develop writing skills, learn about current issues impacting agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives. This year’s essay theme was “How can cooperatives demonstrate their value to the next generation of agriculturists?” The essay contest is sponsored by GROWMARK.
State Winner Creed Speaking Leadership Development Event: Brooke Tompkins was recognized for winning the state Creed Speaking LDE for Greenhand FFA members. Participants present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose. The event boosts students’ self-confidence and develops their abilities to communicate in a powerful, professional manner