- More than 30 students from four area high schools converged on the Rend Lake College campus for the District 5 FFA Agriscience Fair. Judges evaluated 25 projects at the event and selected their top five finalists. Every project entered received a cash award and framed certificate. CLICK HERE
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- First-place finisher Kate Pond from Cisne High School talks about her project, "Fat Farm II," for a judge at the District 5 FFA Agriscience Fair, March 12, at Rend Lake College. Pond also won the category for biochemistry, microbiology and food science. CLICK HERE
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INA – Thirty-one students from high schools in Cisne, Freeburg, Mt. Vernon and Waterloo submitted 25 projects at the District 5 FFA Agriscience Fair held March 12 at Rend Lake College. Cisne High School’s Kate Pond took top prize for her project she calls "Fat Farm II."
Individual category winners included Waterloo’s Lexi Cinebell for Engineering (Mechanical/Agricultural Engineering Science), Mathew Byars of Cisne for Botany (Plant/Soil Science), Waterloo’s Rosemary Chapple for Zoology (Animal Science), Cisne’s Aaron Maloy for Environmental Sciences, Pond for Biochemistry/Microbiology/Food Science, and Corey Funk and Joey Reese of Freeburg in the essay portion.
The top 5 projects, respectively, were Pond’s “Fat Farm II”; Chapple’s “Lysine & Methlonine Requirement of Chicks Fed Low Protein Corn-Soybean Meal Diets”; Lexi Clinebell of Waterloo and her project on the “Affect of Tempering, Hardening, and Annealing on the Tensile Strength of 1018 Steel”; Cisne’s Travis Howard for “Strength of Fishing Line”; and Dillon Talbert of Cisne for his project that looked at “Which Wood Glue Can Hold?”
“The quality and competition of the students and projects were very good this year,” said Dean Dittmar, District 5 Program Advisor for Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, or FCAE. The District 5 FCAE office organizes the local event each year at RLC.
“The District 5 FFA Agriscience Fair is a great event for students to study the application of scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises,” Dittmar added. “ Most students can learn academic science concepts. True educational success is when students learn science concepts and can apply those concepts to create useful agricultural solutions. Agriscience projects are great teaching tools to help students learn about science and the food and fiber industry.”
Students received a $5 cash award and framed certificate for submitting a project. The top 5 projects received $50, $30, $25, $20, and $15, respectively.
Rend Lake College’s Division of Applied Science and Technology, coordinated by Interim Chairman Terry Wilkerson and Agriculture Mechanics Instructor Mark Mueller, hosted and sponsored the event, and funded the prize pool.
Judges for the event were area educational and agribusiness leaders. Assistance was also provided by Ben Arteman, State FFA Reporter, and District 5 FFA Section Presidents Zach Cash, Eric Schmidt, Trenton Gray, Colten Penrod, and Caroline Bremer.