Three Montgomery County FFA members were selected as state winners in their individual proficiency areas, announced on Saturday, March 27.
Elaan Bader of Litchfield was selected as the state proficiency winner in agricultural education. She is the daughter of Dr. Denise Bader and the late Dr. Joseph Bader, and is a member of the Litchfield High School FFA chapter.
Ty Knodle of Fillmore was the state proficiency winner in beef production entrepreneurship. He is the son of Mark and Julie Knodle of Fillmore and a member of the Nokomis High School FFA.
Sam Terneus of Raymond is the state proficiency winner in agricultural processing. He is the son of John Terneus and the late Darci Terneus and a member of the Lincolnwood High School FFA.
Kendall Knodle of Fillmore was also named a state finalist, placing in the top five in the state in the proficiency area of fiber and oil production. He is the son of Brian and Heather Hampton+Knodle and a member of the Nokomis High School FFA.
Illinois FFA recognizes students in 50 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.
These three students were selected as state winners 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.
Receiving this honor now makes all three eligible to compete in the National FFA Awards Selection process in July2021. They were previously chosen as the chapter, section and district awardees in each area.
They will also receive plaques for their accomplishments and be celebrated for this great achievement. These plaques are made possible by gifts by individuals, businesses, corporations and organizations through the Illinois Foundation FFA.