Cole Herrmann And Mason Niedbalski Achieve FFA Illinois State Proficiency Awards

Cole Herrmann, ABOVE, and Mason Niedbalski, BELOW, shown with NCHS FFA Advisor Julie Bond-Ledford, both received FFA State Proficiency Awards.

By Alex Johannes,
NCHS FFA Chapter Reporter

Herrmann

Cole Herrmann won the State Proficiency Award in Specialty Crop Production from his record books on the 9,000 mums he and his family grow at Country Kids Pumpkin Patch.

Herrmann is the son of Charlene and Carl Herrmann, and was selected as the State Winner by a committee of agriculture industry representatives and teachers knowledgeable in this work-based area.

Receiving this honor now makes him eligible to compete in the National FFA Awards Selection process in July 2017.  Cole was previously chosen as the Chapter, Section and District awardee is this area.

Niedbalski

Mason Neidbalski won the State Proficiency Award in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship from his record books on the cows he raises at his family’s dairy farm.

Niedbalski is the son of Aaron and Karri Neidbalski, and was selected as the State Winner by a committee of agriculture industry representatives and teachers knowledgeable in this work-based area.

Receiving this honor now makes him eligible to compete in the National FFA Awards Selection process in July 2017. Mason was previously chosen as the Chapter, Section and District awardee is this area.

Herrmann and Niedbalski are both members of the Nashville FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA.  They will receive plaques for their accomplishments at the Illinois FFA Convention June 13-15, 2017 in Springfield.

Illinois FFA recognizes students in fifty different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised Agricultural Experience or SAE.

FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through record keeping, leadership, and scholastic achievement may be considered for this award.

SAEs allow students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.