Blue and Gold Reflections

Blue and Gold Reflections

Jun 14
Jason Emmert, Assistant Dean, Academic Programs

I just returned from three days at the Illinois FFA Convention in Springfield, and what a wonderful time it was! From a professional standpoint, the convention is a perfect time to visit with teachers and students and showcase everything ACES has to offer. The college is committed to supporting the FFA organization through scholarships to FFA alumni who pursue a major in the College of ACES, support from our Agricultural Education program, which provides resources to teachers and prepares the next generation of FFA advisors, as well as service to the organization in a variety of ways. Many student leaders in FFA become leaders in our college, and we are thankful for the role that the FFA organization plays in promoting agricultural education and training young people.

This year, we were once again very proud to see two of our incoming freshmen elected to a major state office. Rachel Hawk, from Aledo, IL, was elected Vice President, and August Schetter, from Brighton, IL, was elected Reporter. Although it means they won’t be joining our freshman class until next fall, we’re still very excited to see two future Illini in their blue and gold jackets, continuing to serve the Illinois FFA organization for another year. Congratulations to Rachel and August!

Attending the FFA convention as a professional is routine for me, but this year I also attended as the very proud parent of an FFA member. My daughter played in the state FFA band, and it was a joy to watch them perform and to know that she has the chance to benefit from the organization that has meant so much to so many. I am indebted to the FFA for the service they provide to our state and nation, and for the opportunities they provide young people. Thanks Blue and Gold!

FFA Band