Sandoval FFA Competes in FFA Proficiencies

February 23, 2016

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 8 of the proficiency areas and had great success. All 8 areas competed in placed in the top three. Garrett Bates received second place with his Turf Grass placement project where he works at the local golf course and has a lawn mowing business.  Kade Gambill raises a few chickens and collects eggs in his Poultry Production Supervised Agricultural Experience Program where he placed 3rd.  A third 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 second 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 first in this area at the section level.

Levi Brown works in his garden, growing fruits and vegetables, as part of his projects. Brown placed 1st at section with his fruit production and 3rd with his vegetables. Beth Pennington raises horses in her Equine Entrepreneurship where she finished in second at the section level. Levi Brown and Beth Pennington recently also represented Sandoval in the Star Greenhand Interviews where they gained valuable interviewing experiences that will help them greatly in the future.

Pictured is Beth Pennington and Levi Brown.