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Exceptional Success for WIU Students at Illinois Fall PAS Conference

November 27, 2023

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University is delighted to announce the outstanding achievements of three of its students who excelled at the Illinois Fall Post Secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) Conference in Springfield, IL November 16.

Elizabeth Lee, a standout participant, secured an impressive first place finish in the Agribusiness Administration Employment Interview category. Her remarkable performance has earned her the opportunity to represent WIU at the National PAS competition scheduled for March 2024.

"This is my third year competing at PAS. Before I transferred to WIU, I attended LLCC and completed two years there," Lee said. "My freshman year I won Illinois State and National PAS in Floriculture, Horticulture and Landscaping. My sophomore year I competed in Specialty Crop Production and placed first at Illinois State PAS. Competing at Illinois state PAS is an amazing opportunity to experience what real life interviews are like. Truly a rewarding experience!"

In another remarkable achievement, Brittany Slightom demonstrated her exceptional skills by securing a commendable fifth place finish in the Agricultural Education Employment Interview category. Her success reflects the dedication and hard work characteristic of WIU students.

William Ornduff showcased his expertise and determination in the Farm Business Management competition, earning a well-deserved eighth place finish. His achievement highlights the comprehensive education and preparation provided by WIU.

"We are incredibly proud of Elizabeth, Brittany, and Will for their outstanding performances at the Illinois Fall PAS Conference," WIU Ag Director Andrew Baker. "Their successes underscore the excellence of our agriculture program and the commitment of our students to achieving excellence in their respective fields."

These students not only exemplify the high standard of education provided by WIU but also bring recognition to the school through their remarkable accomplishments.

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