SPRINGFIELD – Members of the North Clay FFA Chapter attended the 89th annual Illinois State FFA Convention on June 13-15 along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests.

“Maximize” was the theme of the three-day event which recognizes annual successes of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. Students at the convention were greeted with activities including an exhibit hall featuring colleges and businesses, an evening dance and talent show, and an opportunity to engage in the history of Illinois’ capital city. The convention program featured keynote presentations by National FFA Central Region Vice President Valerie Earley, of Minn., and Hoan Do, a former contestant on “American Ninja Warrior,” student success coach, and motivational speaker.

During the convention, the following award was presented to the North Clay FFA chapter:

State Winner Creed Speaking Career Development Event: Paige VanDyke was recognized for winning the state Creed Speaking CDE for Greenhand FFA members. Participant present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose. The event boosts students' self-confidence and develops their abilities to communicate in a powerful, professional manner.