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Brummel named state champion

SPRINGFIELD – Susan Brummel of Sheffield, a member of the Bureau Valley FFA Chapter, won the State Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication Award at the State FFA Proficiency Awards Day held April 6 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Brummel is the daughter of Ken and Kay Brummel of Sheffield. Her agriculture education instructor at Bureau Valley High School is Willard Mott.

The Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication Award is one of 52 state FFA Proficiency Awards. Five finalists in each award area advanced through chapter, section and district competition. Brummel will receive the award during the Illinois FFA State Convention, June 11-13, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield. The 2013 theme is “Growing Legacies.” Brummel will be recognized for growing her legacy 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 Program (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. Entrepreneurship awards are given to students whose SAE relates to the ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. 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 more than 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.

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