More than 3,500 Illinois FFA high school students – including members of the Vienna FFA Chapter – participated in the 2014 Illinois State FFA Convention at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
The 86th annual convention featured a “Planting Your Potential” theme inspired by the 2013-2014 Illinois State FFA Officer team. The three-day event celebrates the organization’s annual successes and includes motivational speakers, recognition of individual and chapter achievement, addresses from retiring officers, and election of a new state officer team.
Awards presented to Vienna FFA members include:
Student Development Section Award: Remi Fisher and Parker Agin, chapter members. The Student Development Award recognizes one chapter in each FFA section which successfully implements individual and cooperative activities to enhance student members’ life skills. The recognition is a part of the National Chapter Awards which emphasizes the mission and strategies of the National FFA Organization.
Cooperative Activities Award: Donna Gallivan, Illinois Farm Bureau; Max Allbritten and Colten Schultz, chapter members; Karen Jones, GROWMARK. The Cooperative Activities Award recognizes FFA chapters which embrace the cooperative principles within the FFA chapter and its community. FFA members and advisors learn the value of cooperatives in the U.S. free enterprise system and develop an understanding of the cooperative way of doing business. Section winners receive a trip to Washington D.C. in late June sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Chapter Development: Allison Browning and Courtney Boren, chapter members. The Chapter Development Award recognizes one chapter in each FFA section which provides exceptional opportunities and services to its members. Recognized chapters demonstrate increased member participation, financial responsibility, a positive image, interactions with support groups, and cooperation through organized activities. The recognition is a part of the National Chapter Awards which emphasizes the mission and strategies of the National FFA Organization.
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.orgfor more information.
“Planting Your Potential”
The theme for the 2013-2014 State Officer Team and 86th Illinois FFA Convention is “Planting your Potential”. The State Officer Team consists of twenty-five Section Presidents and five State Officers who selected this theme to encourage individuals, teams, chapters, businesses and organizations to plant their potential. Planting your potential is to inspire others to dedicate their talents or resources to support current and future FFA members, their activities and agricultural education.
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. 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