NEOGA -- Dalton Potter from the Neoga FFA Chapter was the runner up in the proficiency competition during the State FFA awards selection process on March 24 in Champaign-Urbana.
An FFA press release reported that Potter became eligible for the state competition after he was selected as the District FFA proficiency winner in environmental science/resource management earlier in March. He was previously chosen as the chapter and section awardee is this area.
Illinois FFA recognizes students in 50 different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as supervised agricultural experiences. FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through record keeping, leadership, and scholastic achievement may be considered for this award.
Supervised agricultural experiences 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.
Potter was selected as the District 4 winner by a committee of agriculture industry representatives and teachers knowledgeable in this work-based area. Potter is the son of Jason and Michelle Potter from Neoga.
Potter has been involved in the following other agriculture education and FFA activities: agriculture mechanics class, livestock judging team, FFA week activities, Farm Safety Day, and chapter meetings. He also is an officer candidate for the 2018-2019 school year. Michaela Smith is the agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Neoga High School.