Gold Winning FFA Chapter President - Sheridan Hank
Sheridan Hank, the 2019-2020 Mercer County FFA President, was named a Gold Winner and one of the top Chapter FFA Presidents by the Illinois FFA Association. The Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee recognizes the Top Chapter Presidents of the Illinois Association FFA. Miss Hank will be recognized during the 92nd Annual State FFA Convention which will be held virtually this summer.
DISTRICT 1 FFA CREED SPEAKING - ANNA FRIEDEN PLACED 2ND
Congratulations to Mercer County FFA member Anna Frieden for placing 2nd at the District 1 FFA Creed Speaking LDE held May 28th. This year's contest went to a virtual and digital format and was conducted over a 2 day time period. Ms. Frieden won the Section 4 LDE in February and competed against 9 other FFA members from the other four FFA Sections of District 1 located in NorthWestern Illinois. She will now move on to the State level competition to be held during the State FFA Convention this summer.
STATE FFA PROFICIENCY WINNER - ANNA WAGNER
Anna Wagner was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Small Animal Care and Production. Anna is a member of the Mercer County FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA. Illinois FFA recognizes students in fifty different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised Agricultural Experiences or SAE. FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through record keeping, leadership, and scholastic achievement may be considered for this award. SAEs allow students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.
Miss Wagner was selected as the State Winner by a committee of agriculture teachers knowledgeable in this work-based area, who reviewed their records online and then conducted virtual interviews from their homes and offices throughout the state. Anna is the daughter of Scott & Julie Wagner from Illinois City.
Receiving this honor now makes Anna eligible to compete in the National FFA Awards Selection process in July, 2020. Miss Wagner was previously chosen as the Chapter, Section and District awardee is this area.
Miss Wagner currently is serving as the Mercer County FFA Secretary. Michael Chausse and Aaron Heartt are the agriculture teachers and FFA Advisors at Mercer County High School.
MERCER COUNTY FFA ATTENDS
91st ILLINOIS FFA STATE CONVENTION
State Job Interview Leadership Development Event High Individual: Sheridan Hank was recognized for winning the state Job Interview LDE. Participants submit a résumé, complete job applications, and participate in mock interviews and practicums with a panel of possible employers.
SECTION 4 FORESTRY CONTEST
Congratulations to both our Varsity and Novice forestry teams for receiving 3rd place at the Section 4 Forestry Contest. Rebecka Larson placed 6th overall varsity and Trace Seefeld 7th. Kaylee Ortberg placed 5th overall novice and Cody Callahan placed 6th.
DISTRICT 1 FFA JOB INTERVIEW
Congratulations to Mercer County FFA member Rebecca Larson for placing 3rd at the District 1 FFA Job Interview CDE held April 29th. This year's contest went to a virtual and digital format and was conducted over a 3 day time period. During the contest, students have to complete a Resume and Cover Letter, conduct a phone interview, fill out a job application, complete an interview in front of a panel of judges and complete a follow up letter. Ms. Larson qualified out of the Section 4 CDE in February and competed against 9 other FFA members from the other four FFA Sections of NorthWestern Illinois. She will now move on to the State level competition to be held during the State FFA Convention this summer.
MERCER COUNTY FFA DONATED TO FOOD PANTRY
The Mercer County FFA Chapter donated $500 and two tubs of food to the Mercer County food pantry. The money and canned items were from the Leap Day dance held on February 29.
Pictured L-R Shalyn Lucas FFA Reporter, Sharon Lingafelter - Food Pantry, Sheridan Hank FFA President, Kierstin Benson FFA Secretary, Rebecka Larson FFA Vice President
MERCER COUNTY FFA MEMBERS ADVANCE TO STATE COMPETITION
Sheridan Hank and Anna Wagner of the Mercer County FFA Chapter won FFA District 1 Proficiency Awards at the District 1 Proficiency Awards held March 4, 2020 at Geneseo High School. Miss Hank won the area of Beef Production Entrepreneurship and Miss Wagner in the area of Small Animal Care and Production. District 1 FFA is the northwestern part of Illinois comprising of FFA Sections 1-5. In being named the District 1 Proficiency Award winners, Sheridan and Anna are finalists for the FFA State Proficiency Awards competition which will be held on March 21st at the University of Illinois. Also competing, but not placing, was Evan Kellett - the Section 4 winner in the area of Turfgrass Management
MERCER COUNTY FFA CONDUCT OF MEETINGS TEAM - 3RD PLACE SECTION 4
The Mercer County FFA Conduct of Meetings Parliamentary Procedure team placed 3rd out of the 10 schools in Section 4 at the contest held on February 20 at United High School. This contest for freshmen has each student serve as a FFA officer, run the FFA Opening and Closing Ceremonies and conduct a 10 minute meeting.
Pictured from L-R: Tristan Headley - Sentinel, Matthew Lucas - Reporter, Megan Gray - Secretary, Chase Olson- Student Advisor, Anna Frieden- President, Alec Mount - Vice President, Shelton Biddle - Treasurer
MERCER COUNTY FFA DONTATES $500 TO EAGLE'S NEST FOR STUDENTS
The Mercer County FFA Chapter made its annual Christmas donation to the Eagle’s Nest Program for Students in Need. The chapter annually makes a donation to a local charity. Since 1988, the Aledo now Mercer County FFA has donated over $15000 to charity.
Anna Wagner- FFA Treasurer, Shalyn Lucas - FFA Reporter, Rebecka Larson - FFA Vice President, Carson Holmes- FFA Parliamentarian, Jennifer Hamerlinck- Mercer Co. Health Department, Robby Holtschlag- FFA Student Council Representative, Kaylee Ortberg - FFA Historian, Sheridan Hank - FFA President,
Kaelyn Boruff - FFA Sentinel, Kierstin Benson - FFA Secretary
Mercer County FFA - Section 4 Crop Judging Contest
The Mercer County FFA Chapter competed at the Section 4 FFA Crop Judging Contest held on November 14, 2019 at West Central High School. The varsity and novice teams both placed 4th in the 10 schools in Section 4. FFA members competing at the contest were:
Preston Howard, Katie Wagner, Robby Holtschlag, Erik Lee, Claire Adolphson, Jesse Lopez, Hailey Bull Maggie Bewley, Kali McCaw, Carson Holmes, Ashlyn DeFrieze, Savannah Gibson, Hailey Schartzkopf, and MacKenzie Hunn