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WIU Alumni Ag Teachers Have Nationally Recognized FFA Students

August 25, 2022

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MACOMB, IL – The National FFA Organization has announced students who will be recognized at the 2022 National FFA Convention in specific proficiency areas, and the schools they reside in.

Those with WIU alumni as teachers include:

Agriscience Research - Animal Systems: Eastland FFA - teacher Cindy Feltmeyer, a 2009 WIU graduate - student Delana Erbsen National Finalist

Dairy Production - Placement: Eastland FFA - teacher Feltmeyer - student Nevin Erbsen National Finalist

Division 1, Animal Systems: Sycamore FFA - teacher Christian Thurwanger, a 2018 WIU graduate – student Drake Slutz.

Division 6 Social Systems: Sycamore FFA - teacher Thurwanger – students Ally Yoakum and Lorelei Darlak

Forest Management and Products - Entrepreneurship/Placement: Sycamore FFA - teacher Thurwanger - student Cole Roach silver rating

Vegetable Production - Entrepreneurship/Placement: Cambridge FFA - teacher Trent Taber, a 2015 WIU graduate - student Kendra Downing gold rating

Veterinary Science - Entrepreneurship/Placement: Rushville/Industry FFA - teacher Sydney Riden, a 2021 WIU graduate - student Grace Pollitt silver rating

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