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Results of FFA AgriScience Fair - District 5

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - sponsored by 

10 schools participated: Cisne, Edwards County, Fairfield, Flora, Freeburg, Harrisburg, Mt. Vernon, Olney, Shawnee, and Waterloo with 45 projects and 52 students. Thank you to sponsors: Phillip Kyle, Elevator Manager – Bunge SCF Grain at McLeansboro($500)  and FCAE($67). 

Top 16 Projects (based on scoresheet and presentation)

1st – Garrett Williams, Flora – A Growing Puzzle
2nd – Chelsea Ochs, Olney – Hare Raising
3rd – Jonathan Timm, Cisne – The Effects of Rotation
4th – Jenna Atteberry, Cisne - Oh Say Can You See the Vitamin C? Part 2
5th – Travis Wilke, Olney - How Does Soil Permeability Affect Wheat Growth?                   
6th – Lexi Ruemker, Waterloo - What are the Effects of Four Different Kinds of Plant
7th – Genna Bourgeois & Bailey Limestall, Waterloo – Factors Affecting Juice & Sugar Content in Oranges
8th – Wyatt Drewes, Waterloo - The Amount of Activity Produced by Goats When Given
9th – Tristen Payne, Olney – Brand Name Game
10th – Sara Timm, Cisne – Fill’em Up
11th – Hannah Marquardt, Freeburg - Does the Water Source(Cistern Vs. Well) Affect the pH
12th – Charlie Dake, Waterloo – The Effect of Differentiated Light Cycles on Bean Growth
13th – Clay Marks & Jacob Beadles, Edwards County - pH Power
14th – Madison Shaffer, Freeburg - The Effect of the Soil Samples Depth on pH Measurement
15th – Macie Clark, Fairfield - Does Chlorine Effect Plant Growth?
16th – Erin Miller, Waterloo - The Effect of "Rain" on Soil Erosion

Individual category winners-

-Animal Systems – Chelsea Ochs, Olney – Hare Raising
-Environmental Services/Natural Resources Systems – Hannah Marquardt, Freeburg - Does the Water Source(Cistern Vs. Well) Affect the pH   
-Food Products and Processing Systems – Jenna Atteberry, Cisne - Oh Say Can You See the Vitamin C? Part 2
-Plant Systems – Garrett Williams, Flora – A Growing Puzzle
-Power, Structural and Technical Systems ­– Alex Neikirk, Cisne - All Choked Up
-Social Systems – Harleigh Padget, Mt. Vernon – FFA vs. PETA

The top 16 projects received cash awards of:  $55, $43, $33, $27, $22, 6-10 places $16/each, 11-16 places $11/each.  Ratings were:  Blue – 23, Red – 12, White – 10.   Each project received a $6 cash award and each student received a framed certificate.

This event was hosted at the Mt. Vernon 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
-Huntley Leverenz, Facility Manager, Bunge North America, Grand Tower
-Nick Schaefer, Grain Merchandiser Trainee, Bunge North America, Harrisburg
-Molly Walker, Manager Trainee, Bunge North America, McLeansboro
-Amy Kolweier, Feed Ingredient Originator, The Maschhoffs, Carlyle
-Brad Stirnaman, Regional Product Support Manager, Erb Equipment Company, Fenton, Missouri
-Maridy Tso, AITC Coordinator, Gallatin and Saline Counties
-Susan Kleiboeker, AITC Coordinator, Clinton County
-Melissa Lamczyk, AITC Coordinator, Franklin County
-Seb Pense, Agricultural Education Professor, SIU at Carbondale
-Peter Dirks, Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention, and Placement, SIU at Carbondale
-Kathy Craig, Ag Instructor, Rend Lake College, Ina
-Tom Cotter, Retired Ag Teacher and Farmer, Thompsonville
-Lee Hosselton, Owner / Operator, Contracting Services, Anonymous Flippers Inc., Clay City

Thank you to the agriculture teachers/FFA Advisors for including agriscience fair projects part of your agriculture course requirements. Congratulations to all students participating. 

Thank you to Dean Dittmar, Program Advisor, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, for organizing the event.

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