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Results of FFA AgriScience Fair - District 5

Thursday, March 10, 2016

*Sent to all contacts & D5 principals.

District 5 FFA AgriScience Fair
March 9, 2016  (attached is a press release and all individual score summary)

10 schools participated: Cisne, Edwards County, Flora, Freeburg, Hardin County, Mt. Vernon, Red Hill-Bridgeport, Sandoval, Shawnee, and Waterloo with 49 projects (increase of 9) and 61 students(increase of 15).

Thank you to sponsors:
Phillip Kyle, Elevator Manager – Bunge SCF Grain at McLeansboro,


Illinois Pathways STEM


Top 14 Projects (based on scoresheet and presentation)

Phillip Kyle, Bunge SCF Grain, congratulating 1st place student – Garrett Williams, Flora
– Applicans or Applicants
2nd – Clay Marks, Edwards County – Getting Carried Away
3rd – Ashley Hartman, Waterloo – Effect of different types of fertilizers on the                         germination and early growth of corn plants
4th – Jonathan Timm, Cisne – Effects of Rotation
5th – Malcom Levi, Cisne – Lets Roast Them                      
6th – Jenna Atteberry, Cisne – Oh, Say Can You See the Vitamin C?
7th – Genna Bourgeois & Bailey Limestall, Waterloo – Sugar and Juice Content of Citrus Fruits
8th – Avery Booth & Reagan Billingsley, Flora – Effects of Temperature on Compound Bow
9th – Karley Dagg, Cisne – Which Water Source Grows Corn The Best?
10th – Sonia Adamson, Red Hill – Got Milk?
11th – Lauren Hughes, Cisne - Can You Grow It? Part II
12th – Sedona Kolmer, Waterloo - "They Can Remember Me if They Want" How Long Does One Man's Legacy Last?
13th – Mekenzie Wheeler & Andrew Pearce, Flora, Guns and Barrels
14th – Alex Neikirk, Cisne, SHOOT

Individual category winners-
-Animal Systems – Jonathan Timm, Cisne – Effects of Rotation
-Environmental Services/Natural Resources Systems – Clay Marks, Edwards County - Getting Carried Away
-Food Products and Processing Systems – Genna Bourgeois & Bailey Limestall, Waterloo - Sugar and Juice Content of Citrus Fruits
-Plant Systems – Garrett Williams, Flora – Applicans or Applicants
-Power, Structural and Technical Systems ­– Avery Booth & Reagan Billingsley, Flora - Effects of Temperature on Compound Bow
-Social Systems – Sedona Kolmer, Waterloo - "They Can Remember Me if They Want" How Long Does One Man's Legacy Last?

Each project received a $10 cash award and each student received a framed certificate. The top 14 projects received: $60, $50, $40, $30, $25, $20, $20, 8-14 places $15/each.  Ratings were:  Blue – 21, Red – 18, White – 10.   

This event was hosted at the Benton High School in conjunction with the District 5 FFA Proficiency Awards Judging.  The quality of projects and competition by students were very good again this year.

Judges for this event were:
-Phillip Kyle, Elevator Manager, Bunge SCF Grain, McLeansboro
-Amy Kolweier, Feed Ingredient Originator, The Maschhoffs, Carlyle
-Mindy McDermott, Seed Service Advisor, Monsanto, St. Louis, MO
-Steve Yandell, Senior Commodity Banker, Banterra Bank, Vienna
-Maridy Tso, AITC Coordinator, Gallatin and Saline Counties
-Seb Pense, Agricultural Education Professor, SIU at Carbondale
-Peter Dirks, Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention, and Placement, SIUC
-Howard Heavner, Collegiate FFA Advisor & Ag Ed Doctoral Student, SIUC
-Tom Cotter, Retired Ag Teacher and Farmer, Thompsonville.

Thank you to the agriculture teachers and FFA advisors for including agriscience fair projects into their curriculum.  Congratulations to all students participating. 

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