Sandoval FFA Competes in FFA Proficiencies

February 19, 2015

The lllinois FFA Association recognizes 52 proficiency award winners. FFA members are involved in proficiencies as part of the agricultural program and the FFA. These proficiencies range in the areas of Agricultural Communications to Agricultural Mechanics and from Dairy Production to Wildlife Management. Proficiency Award winners have excelled in their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Programs. These awards encourage members to develop specialized skills that will apply toward a future career. Section winners then advance to districts in hopes of also then advancing to state.

The Section 21 FFA Proficiency Awards were conducted at Carlyle High School. Section 21 FFA is made up of Benton, Carlyle, Centralia, CORLHS, West Frankfort, Mt.Vernon, Nashville, Odin, Patoka, Salem, Sandoval, Sesser, Thompsonville, Waltonville, Bluford, and Woodlawn.

Sandoval FFA competed in five of the proficiency areas and had great success. All five projects placed in the top three. Garrett Bates received second place with his Turf Grass placement project where he works at the local golf course. Kade Gambill raises a few chickens and collects eggs in his Poultry Production Supervised Agricultural Experience Program. Gambill placed second in the section with his Poultry project. A second place finish also went to Christonia Saddler with her small animal care project where she cares for the pets in her home.

In addition to working at the golf course, Bates has a second Supervised Agricultural Experience program where he collects recyclable paper from each classroom in the Sandoval High School. He then delivers this to the Centralia Recycling Center. Garrett Bates Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources project placed third at this section event. Kade Gambill also has a second project that is his Home & Community Development Supervised Agricultural Experience where he helps the local township road commissioner take care of the roads. Gambill placed third in this area at the section level.