2024 Education Magazine

Page 32 Excellence In Education Lincoln Daily News January 2024 This past semester, the Mt Pulaski High School FFA has been upholding the winning reputation the club has held for decades. Under the guidance of Mr. Ralph Allen, the FFA brought home several awards at a variety of contests hosted by area community colleges and the University of Illinois. While competing, the students are required to understand various areas of agriculture and include identifying insects and pests in crops, understanding and recognizing agronomic crops specific to the midwest, and evaluating crop samples. On November 16, the FFA Agronomy Team had a successful night. They placed first as a team and had seven individuals in the top ten. The winners included Scout Tschantz, second; Alec Martin third; Isaac Pulliam fifth; Braden Olson sixth; Eric Cooper eighth; Dean Martin ninth and Franklin Wade tenth. Mt. Pulaski FFA start the school year with high marks in agronomy competitions (L-R) Alec Martin, Franklin Wade, Dean Martin, Scout Tschantz, Brayden Olson, Issac Pulliam, and Eric Cooper proudly display their winning ribbons and team banner at the Section 14 Contest. A week later, the team attended the Lincoln Land Agronomy Contest and Dairy Foods practice. The team placed first overall and had four kids place in the top ten- Alec Martin second; Dean Martin third; Scout Tschantz seventh; and Braden Olson eighth. Grace Davis, Kamrie Charron, Isaac Pulliam, Carter Clark, Eric Cooper, and Gracie Phillips rounded out the team. Our Dairy Foods team consisted of Liam Smith, Reid Beckers, Addisen Williams, Jessi Wade, Addison Maus, and Ethan Stoddard. On November 30, five members of the Agronomy Team traveled to Lake Land Community College to attend their Agronomy Competition. The team placed second overall with Alec Martin placing first individually, Scout Tschantz sixth, Isaac Pulliam and Dean Martin tied for ninth, and Carter Clark placed sixteenth. (L-R) Dean Martin, Alex Martin, Issac Pulliam, Luke Martin, and Scout Tschantz celebrated their overall second place win posed by an old John Deere plow. The contest was hosted by Lake Land Community College Continued --