Agricultural Science Education Students

Oakley Whalen
  • Oakley Whalen
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Sheridan, Illinois
  • Oakley chose to major in Agricultural Education because she had a passion for agriculture and for people. "I want to make a positive difference in the lives of the people I come across. I chose the University of Illinois because of the...

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Kirsten Raver
  • Kirsten Raver
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Elburn, Illinois
  • Kirsten has always been interested in agriculture, primarily due to her family's small horse farm. Unfortunately, her high school did not offer agriculture classes, nor did it have FFA. "No one in my town knew much about agriculture, which...

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Kade Hill
  • Kade Hill
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Paxton, Illinois
  • Kade Hill is pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education so that someday he might positively impact students the same way his high school agriculture teachers impacted him. "They were able to see talents and skills within me that I never would'...

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Rhett Higgins
  • Rhett Higgins
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Morris, Illinois
  • Internship: Camp Shaw-wa-nas-see 2014-2015, 2016
  • Rhett Higgins grew up on his family's small cattle farm in Morris, Illinois. He was very active in 4-H and youth leadership and spent most of his summers at fairs or summer camps. He chose to major in Agricultural Education because of his life...

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Ben Oakley
  • Ben Oakley
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Charleston, Illinois
  • Ben Oakley always knew he wanted to be involved in the field of agriculture, and in college, he realized he wanted to become an agriculture educator. "I have a passion for kids and want to see them evolve and further their knowledge in...

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Megan Vogt
  • Megan Vogt
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Waterloo, Illinois
  • Internship: College of ACES Special Events, University of Illinois Extension Unit 22
  • Megan Vogt chose to major in Agricultural Education because she knew that she wanted to be in the agriculture industry and that she loved working with people. A career teaching agriculture will allow Megan to share her passion for the industry...

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Meg Meeker
  • Meg Meeker
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Emden, Illinois
  • Meg Meeker chose to major in Agricultural Education because she wants to be a positive influence in her students’ lives and to promote the agriculture industry’s mission to provide food and fiber. Meg grew up on a farm in the heart of Illinois...

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Alicia Kabat
  • Alicia Kabat
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Scheller, Illinois
  • Internship: ITCS intern
  • Alicia Kabat chose to major in Agricultural Education because of her love for teaching and her interest in the many aspects of the agriculture industry. “Agricultrual education is the place to impact and inspire students, community members, and...

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Caseelynn Johnston
  • Caseelynn Johnston
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Virginia, Illinois
  • Internship: Illinois Association FFA Intern, Early Education Tutor with America Reads-America Counts UIUC
  • Caseelynn Johnston grew up on a multi-generational Shorthorn and Angus beef cattle farm in West Central Illinois. As a 10-year 4-H member, Caseelynn exhibited cattle, pigs, chickens, rabbits and visual arts projects. She was also actively...

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Jenna Baker
  • Jenna Baker
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Somonauk, Illinois
  • Internship: Growing Agriculture Science Teachers, Advanced Crop Care
  • Jenna Baker grew up working on her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in Leland, Illinois, which inspired her to become involved in her high school agricultural education and FFA programs.

    Now, Jenna is studying to become a...

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