Urbana, IL -- Megan Zindel, a member of the Central A&M FFA Chapter, won the State Award at the State FFA Proficiency Awards Day held April 5, 2014, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The Award is one of 52 State FFA Proficiency Awards. Five finalists in each award area advanced through chapter, section and district competition. will receive the award during the Illinois FFA State Convention, June 10-12, 2014, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois. The 2014 Theme is “Planting Your Potential.” will be recognized for planting potential in the agricultural, food and fiber industry.
Selection of the state award winners is based on a personal interview, size and growth of
the FFA member’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and their knowledge of the subject area and career pathway. These awards honor FFA members who have developed specialized skills they can apply to their future careers. SAE awards have three categories: entrepreneurship, placement and research/experimentation. Entrepreneurship awards are given to students whose SAE involves ownership of an agricultural production or an agribusiness enterprise. Placement awards go to those with SAEs related to employment, apprenticeship or internship at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Research awards are given to students whose SAEs relate to utilizing and understanding scientific methods and discovery. SAEs are an integral part of quality agricultural education programs throughout Illinois.
Fifty-two state award winners were selected from over 17,000 FFA members statewide. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The Illinois Foundation FFA sponsors the proficiency award program and provides medals, plaques, and other awards for more than 4,000 Illinois FFA members each year, thanks to the generous contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations.