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Casey Bolin
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Salem, IL 62881
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Results of FFA AgriScience Fair - District 5

Monday, April 15, 2019

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Seven schools participated: Cisne, DuQuoin, Fairfield, Freeburg, Mt. Vernon, North Clay, and Sandoval with 39 projects and 45 students.  Attached are detailed results.

Thank you to sponsors: Rick Bauwens, Elevator Manager and Shannon Emmons, Grain Division: Inspect, Grade, Weigh – Bunge SCF Grain at McLeansboro($500)  and FCAE($50). 

Thank you to Casey Bolin, Ag Teacher at the Sandoval High School and Program Advisor in Training, and Dean Dittmar, Coordinator, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, for providing the organization of the event.

Top 9 Projects (based on scoresheet and presentation)

1- Cisne – Sara Tim, Whippin' the Worms

2- Freeburg – Matthew Grab and Cullen Covlin, Which Growth Stage Does Hail Damage Affect a Soybean the Most

3- Mt. Vernon – Lindsey Lehman, Fertilizer vs. Non-Fertilizer

4- Fairfield – Macie Clark, Does Soil Saturation Effect Plant Growth?

5- Cisne – Melanie Jordan Melanie, What Color Will It Bee?

6- Cisne – Bailey Lewis, See the Milk Taste the Percent

7- Cisne – Hannah Callahan, Egg-cellent Substitutions

8- DuQuoin – Austin Rice, Cookie Sugars

9- Sandoval – Hannah Timmons, How much Water?

Individual category winners-
-Animal Systems – Sara Timm, Cisne – Whippin’ The Worms
-Environmental Services/Natural Resources Systems
    Grace Milligan, Cisne – Cover It Up and Keep It Calm
-Food Products and Processing Systems
     Bailey Lewis, Cisne – See the Milk, Taste the Percent
-Plant Systems – Hannah Timmons – Sandoval – How Much Water?
-Power, Structural and Technical Systems – Kailee Weber – Cisne – Can It Bend It?

The top 9 projects received cash awards of:  $50, $45, $35, $30, $25, 6-9 places $20/each. Ratings were:  A – 18, B – 13, C – 8.   Each project received a $5 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 were:
-Shannon Emmons, Grain Division: Inspect, Grade, Weigh, Bunge North America, McLeansboro
-McKenna Ledford, Intern, Bunge SCF Grain, McLeansboro
-Maridy Tso, AITC Coordinator, Gallatin and Saline Counties
-Melissa Lamczyk, AITC Coordinator, Franklin County
-Kathy Craig, Ag Instructor, Rend Lake College, Ina
-Joe Prusacki, Director of National Operations Division, USDA-NASS
-Marc Lamczyk, Program Coordinator, Small Farms and Local Food Systems, University of Illinois Extension
-Bill Waggoner, Agriculture Instructor, Kaskaskia College

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

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