Sycamore FFA Attends 94th Annual Illinois State FFA Convention; Presented Awards
Agriscience Animal Systems Division Winner
Drake Slutz was recognized as a top participant in one of the six categories of the Illinois FFA Agriscience Fair. Students gain real-world, hands-on experiences in agricultural enterprises and use scientific principles and emerging technologies to solve complex problems related to agriculture, food, and natural resources. CF Industries sponsors FFA's Agriscience Fair.
Agriscience Social Systems Division Winner
Allyson Yoakum & Lorelei Darlak were recognized as top participants in one of the other six categories of the Illinois FFA Agriscience Fair which was sponsored by CF Industries.
Forest Management & Products State Proficiency Winner
Cole Roach was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Forest Management and Products. Cole is the son of Pat and Kelsey Roach. He is a member of the Sycamore FFA Chapter, advised by Christian Thurwanger, Kara Poynter, and Courtney Wiedenmann. For his Supervised Agricultural Experience, Cole sells firewood. This past year, Cole sold 162 face cords of wood, which is about 40,000 individual pieces. He plans to continue this project and start saving for college or trade school. Cole says this project has taught him the importance of record-keeping and communication.
Ally Yoakum was awarded outstanding chapter reporter for her work on social media and newsletters.
Chapter President’s Award Winner
Sarah Ward was presented the Chapter President’s Award for her outstanding accomplishments as immediate past president.
2022-2023 Section 6 President
Molly Griffey was installed as the President of Illinois FFA's Section 6. The 25 newly installed Section Presidents are members of the 2022-2023 Illinois State Officer Team.
State Discovery Star Farmer Winner
Drake Slutz was selected as the Discovery Star Farmer and is the son of Brad and Carol Slutz. He is a member of the Sycamore FFA Chapter, located in District 2, and advised by Kara Poynter, Christian Thurwanger, and Courtney Wiedenmann. Drake owns a small flock of Shropshire sheep. His family has raised Shropshires since the early 1980s, making him a third-generation farmer. During the next four years, he plans to expand his flock and is excited to watch his Supervised Agricultural Experience grow.
The convention spotlighted the Association’s annual service project, which provided $250 scholarships to 20 FFA chapters planting trees throughout the state.
Students at the convention were greeted with activities including a career fair featuring colleges and agribusinesses and an opportunity to engage in the history of Illinois’ capital city. The sessions featured addresses by National FFA Western Region Vice President Josiah Cruikshank of Oregon and from each of the retiring major state officers.