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  Illinois Ag Skills Showcase - Now Open!  
  Sean Welch  1/16/2024 10:00:00 AM  
     
 

Agricultural Skills Showcase



About: All students deserve the opportunity to experience premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Through this unique event, students are invited to participate in FFA in a way they have never before been able to, by highlighting their skills at their educational level. This event is open to all agricultural education students/FFA members in grades 7-12+ with an emphasis on individuals with an intellectual disability, IEP, or 504 Plan. 


Format: Students will provide evidence of successfully engaging in agricultural education through one of the pathways or through an FFA-related activity. This could be a written document, video, drawing, poster, or other item that has been developed. If the student is comfortable in sharing their item with a committee, a 5-8 minute virtual interview will be conducted. All IEP modifications and accommodations will be honored throughout this event.  


Cost: Form 1-$3, Bronze Rating, Awarded Certificate 

          Form 2-$ 6, Silver, Gold Ranking, Awarded Certificate, Sticker, and Prize 

  • Additional $1/ per Form 1 Entry. 

Registration needs to be submitted on ILAgEd before March 15th, 2024


Important Dates: 

  • Artifacts will be submitted electronically by Friday, March 15, 2024. 

  • Entries will be judged prior to Friday, April 5, 2024

  • Form 2 interviews will be held virtually during the school day during the week of April 8, 2024. Extended interview dates will be announced at state/teacher discretion. 

  • Results compiled by April 26, 2024


Submitting Your Artifacts: Google Forms will be used to gather your information and artifacts. If you are not a Google user, please contact Sean Welch at swelch@illinoisffa.org for other uploading options. Registration still needs to be completed on ILAgEd before submission deadline


Awards/Recognition: Students will receive a Certificate of Achievement following the competition. 


Areas of Competition:

Topic

Item to Turn in by Friday, March 15, 2024. 

Interview

5-8 Minutes

Grade Level/

Notes

FFA Creed

Video Recording reading/reciting the paragraph of the FFA Creed that means the most to you. 

Discuss why that paragraph is important to you.

Grades 7-9

Public Speaking

Video Recording of Ag Related Topic. Can be read or memorized. Use of props is allowed. Limited to 2-5 minutes.

Answer questions related to speech topic.

Grades 7-12


SAE

Submit a presentation that includes 5 photos of your SAE with descriptions (limited to 100 words or less).

Answer questions related to your SAE. 

Grades 7-12

Topic

Item to Turn in

Interview 

Grade Level/

Notes

College & Career Readiness - Personal Finance

Submit a personal budget, including expenses and income, that you can follow after high school. 

Answer questions related to your budget. 

Grades 7-12

College & Career Readiness - Career Planning

Submit a presentation of 2-3 potential careers with appropriate requirements to achieve that career.

Explain your career choices and what you learned during your exploration.

Grades 7-12

College & Career Readiness - Employability Skills

Submit a video (5 minutes or less), presentation or document discussing skills necessary for employment.

Explain what it takes to get a job and what you learned about employment.

Grades 7-12

College & Career Readiness - Workplace Safety

Submit a video (5 minutes or less), presentation or document discussing a workplace safety skill(s) that could help you in the future.

Explain a safety skill you learned and answer questions about how it will help you in the future.

Grades 7-12

Ag Mechanics - Wood/Metals/ Electricity

Submit a video (5 minutes or less), presentation or document including  steps taken, materials used, expenses and the final product. 

Describe the final project and explain how it was made.

Grades 7-12

Animal / Vet Science Demonstration

Submit a video (5 minutes or less), presentation or document highlighting a skill learned in animal/vet science.

Explain the skill and how you learned to do the demonstration.

Grades 7-12

Foods - Cooking/Baking

Submit a video (5 minutes or less), presentation or document of steps taken to prepare a dish of your choice.

Answer further questions related to the dish that was prepared. 

Grades 7-12

Plant Science - Skills Learned

Submit a video (5 minutes or less), presentation or document highlighting a skill learned in plant science. This area could include floral design, landscape, plant science, horticulture, or agriscience.

Explain the skill and how you developed it.

Grades 7-12 



Natural Resources - Hunting/Hunter Safety

Submit a video (5 minutes or less), presentation or document highlighting a skill learned in hunting or that is hunter safety related.

Explain the skill and how you developed it.

Grades 7-12



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Sean Welch
Illinois FFA Center
Phone: 217-753-3328 Cell: --
Email: swelch@illinoisffa.org
Address: 3221 Northfield Dr. , Springfield , IL 62702
 
     
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