JOLIET — Three Seneca FFA members were selected as the District FFA Proficiency Winners recently. Grant Granby was the winner in Nursery Operations with his employment at Granby’s Greenhouse. Samantha Dillow won the Ag Processing area via her soy candle business. Desaree Techmanski achieved first in Food Service as a result of her knowledge of the food industry as part of her employment at Culvers.
Illinois FFA recognizes students in fifty different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised Agriculture Experiences, 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.
Granby, Dillow, and Techmanski were selected as the District II Winners by a committee of agriculture industry representatives and teachers knowledgeable in this work-based area.
Receiving this honor now makes themeligible to compete in the State FFA Awards Selection process in Urbana-Champaign on March 25, 2017. The trio was previously chosen as the Chapter and Section awardee is this area.
Jeff Maierhofer and Kent Weber are the agriculture teachers and FFA Advisors at Seneca High School.