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University of Illinois Students Win Awards at State PAS Conference

Published November 6, 2013

Bloomington, ILLINOIS – Students from the University of Illinois Post-secondary Agricultural Student (PAS) organization competed in the Illinois PAS Fall Conference on Friday, October 25, 2013, at the Illinois Farm Bureau Building in Bloomington, Illinois. Students competed in career and skill based areas related to various agricultural professions. 

UIUC students who won were: 

  • Josh Donoho, 1st place in Agriculture Sales Employment Interview 
  • Erica Navis, 1st place in Dairy Employment Interview 
  • Kiersten Kasey, 2nd place in Agriculture Communications Employment Interview 
  • Leon Peters, 2rd place in Fertilizers and Agriculture Chemicals Employment Interview
  • Liz Harfst, 2nd place in Agriculture Education Employment Interview 
  • Jenna Sudeth, 2nd place in Agribusiness Administrative Employment Interview 

Students who participate in Employment Interviews have to submit a cover letter, resume, and job application. Students then have a fifteen-minute with the judge of the specified interview area.

Students who placed first or second in their categories will advance to the National PAS Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in March. 

Jacob Dickey and Betsy Kueker also participated in the Illinois Farm Bureau discussion meet. Topics discussed were: (a) How should Farmer Bureau engage farmer/rancher members, representing all types and kinds of operations to work together to better promote a more positive image of agriculture?; (b) How do we encourage young farmers and ranchers to continue to be involved in Farm Bureau and how can young producers lead even if they don’t hold elected positions on boards?; (c) What are the best practices for youth working on farms and ranches to ensure their safety and provide them learning opportunities in the area of agriculture production?

Dickey placed second and will receive an all expense paid trip to the 2013 IAA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on December 7-10, 2013. He will also receive an all expense paid trip to represent the Illinois Farm Bureau and compete in the National Collegiate Discussion Meet in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on February 7-10, 2014. 

The University of Illinois is also represented on the state PAS level by two state officers. Brianna Harmon and Clayton Carley, juniors in Agricultural Education, help plan and host two state conferences. They are also members of the Illinois PAS Board of Directors. Both will be retiring from their respective offices in February 2014. 

The PAS Organization “aspires to be the premier leadership and career development organization serving college agriculture students”. National PAS is approved as one of the eleven career and technical student organizations by the U.S. Department of Education. Illinois PAS “provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation”.

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Jesse Nosbaum
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