Mt. Vernon FFA honored at state convention

June 23, 2022

Members of Mt. Vernon FFA attended the 94th annual Illinois State FFA Convention June 14–16 along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests. With a 2022 theme of “Initiate,” the three-day event annually recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. During the convention, the following awards were presented to the Mt. Vernon FFA chapter.

Growing Leaders National Chapter Award Section Winner: JodiAnn Payne and Bo Broady. As part of the National Chapter Award program and the chapter’s program of activities, Growing Leaders is designed to encourage the chapter to develop individual and cooperative activities to enhance students’ life skills.
Harvest for All Award, 3rd Place in State: Layni Capps and Tori Shaw. This award recognizes FFA chapters that have excelled in their efforts to fight food insecurity in Illinois through dollars raised, pounds of food donated, and hours volunteered.

Building Communities National Chapter Award Section Winners: Braxton Dent, Wyatt Pilson. As part of the National Chapter Award program and the chapter’s program of activities, Building Communities is designed to encourage the local development of FFA partnerships with alumni affiliates and other organizations while taking a leadership role in making the community a better place to live and work.

Strengthening Agriculture National Chapter Award Section Winners: Maelee Allen and Grace Wagner. As part of the National Chapter Award program and the chapter’s program of activities, Strengthening Agriculture is designed to encourage opportunities and service for members, such as promoting increased member participation and financial responsibility, creating a positive image, and interacting with support groups and cooperatives through organized activities.

State Premier Chapter Award Section Winner: Mt. Vernon FFA. The State Premier Chapter Award is given to the chapter in the section with the highest overall score on the National Chapter Award application.

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.

Other area chapter photos can be found on pages 5, 6, and 8.

Pictured above is (L to R): JodiAnn Payne and Bo Broady

(L to R): Layni Capps and Tori Shaw

(L to R): Braxton Dent and Wyatt Pilson

(L to R): Maelee Allen and Grace Wagner

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