Agricultural Leadership Education Students

Kassidy Kimpling
  • Kassidy Kimpling
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Streator, Illinois
  • Kassidy Kimpling chose a degree in Agricultural Leadership Education because she loves working with people. She is confident that her studies in the Agricultural Education Department will provide her with the education required to work in a...

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Wyatt Capps
  • Wyatt Capps
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Mt. Vernon, IL
  • Career: Intern
  • Internship: University of Illinois Extension – Unit 26, 4-H Youth Development Intern and Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps, Tutor and Mentor; Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps
  • Wyatt Capps did not grow up with an agriculture background, but his involvement in his high school’s agriculture classes and FFA programs fostered in him a passion for the industry. “Through my high school agricultural education, I found that...

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Kacie Haag
  • Kacie Haag
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Emington, Illinois
Nejra Muminovic
  • Nejra Muminovic
  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Velika Kladuša, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Nejra strongly believes that agriculture drives the world, and she knows we are always looking for that next meal. Knowing this, she wants to create change in the way we view, eat, use and produce food. She understands the challenges she faces...

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Griffin Green
  • Griffin Green
  • “ALE gave me an opportunity to exercise my passion. I hope to teach people how we can improve in the agriculture industry.” With his agriculture background and desire to lead, Griffin found the perfect place in the ALE major. Griffin says “I...

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Corrine Harding
  • Corrine Harding
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Trivoli, IL
  • Corrine grew up on a fourth-generation grain operation farm in rural Central Illinois.  Although she lived on a corn and soybean farm, it wasn’t till she became involved in high school agricultural education and FFA her passion for agriculture...

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Blair Thompson
  • Blair Thompson
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Newark, IL
  • Internship: Grundy County Farm Bureau intern
  • Blair Thompson is a junior at the University of Illinois studying Agricultural Leadership Education. She grew up raising and showing swine while being active in 4-H and FFA. By holding multiple leadership positions in both organizations, Blair...

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Kolton Kimpling
  • Kolton Kimpling
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Streator, Illinois
  • Kolton Kimpling grew up on a grain farm in North Central Illinois. His love and passion for agriculture stemmed from working alongside his family on their family farm. Kolton chose this major because he understands the importance of the...

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Abby Tomhave
  • Abby Tomhave
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Abby grew up on a family farm just outside of Jacksonville, Illinois, where she was very involved in the farming operation, showing cattle, and her local 4-H club. Throughout her involvement in these activities, her eyes were opened to areas in...

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Cara Thiems
  • Cara Thiems
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Greenville, Illinois
  • As a fourth-generation farmer, Cara says, "A passion for agriculture runs through my veins." She was actively involved in 4-H and FFA, serving as Bond County's 4-H Representatives President for multiple years and as the Section 19 FFA President...

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