Galva FFA's entry is state's best promoting ag careers

Doug Boock
Representing the Galva FFA at the state FFA convention, where the chapter won an award for promoting ag careers, were (from left) Devon Peterson, Cassie Hepner, Miriah Anderson, Lisa Wendel, Seth Strom and Matt Johnson.

The Galva FFA Chapter has won first place in a statewide competition promoting careers in agriculture.

Galva’s entry, which included a video presentation and a question-and-answer period with judges, was named the best of 11 chapters in the contest hosted by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Farm Bureau. Winners were named June 20 at the Illinois FFA Convention in Springfield.

Teams from Pinckneyville and Morrisonville won second and third place.

The Galva FFA created a video entitled “Are You Looking?” urging students to consider ag careers and focusing on opportunities available in the ag industry. Student interviews were included in the video as well as looking at leadership experiences FFA offers.

Senior FFA member Miriah Anderson developed a color, printed tri-fold that addressed many positive factors that should encourage youth to consider ag careers and to join FFA to develop leadership skills and career potential.

Recruitment letters were sent out to all incoming freshman students at Galva High School and an Ag Awareness Day was held to showcase activities and student FFA projects.

Six Galva FFA members traveled to Springfield for the grant presentation: Devon Peterson, Miriah Anderson, Cassadee Hepner, Lisa Wendel, Seth Strom and Matt Johnson. A 15- to 20-minute Powerpoint presentation was presented to a panel of eight judges, the video “Are You Looking?” was viewed and students answered 10 minutes of questions from the panel.

“The students did a fantastic job presenting materials and answering questions!” Galva FFA advisor Trisha Main said. “I’m very proud of the job they did representing the Galva FFA Chapter and their community.”

For its efforts, the Galva FFA won $1,000.