SPRINGFIELD -- Members of the Harrisburg FFA chapter received four prestigious awards at the 90th annual Illinois State FFA Convention.
The convention, June 12-14, saw attendance by more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisers, and guests.
"Be Bold" was the theme of the three-day event which recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. Students at the convention were greeted with activities including a career fair featuring colleges and agribusinesses, an evening dance and talent show, and an opportunity to engage in the history of Illinois' capital city.
The Convention's 2018 service project benefited children through "The Crayon Initiative," which collects old, used crayons and creates new ones for distribution to art programs at children's hospitals across the nation. The convention program featured addresses by National FFA Southern Region Vice President Ian Bennett of Georgia and from each of the retiring major state officers.
During the convention, the following awards were presented to the Harrisburg FFA chapter:
Growing Leaders National Chapter Award, Building Communities National Chapter Award, Strengthening Agriculture National Chapter Award and Section Banker's Plaque Award.