PAS Members Participate in State Competition

November 14, 2012
Pictured (left to right): Jacob Meisner, Kaity Carroll, and Erica Navis

SPOON RIVER COLLEGE, CANTON, ILLINOIS – Ten students from the University of Illinois Post-secondary Agricultural Student (PAS) organization competed in the Illinois Fall Conference on Friday, November 9th at Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois. Students competed in one or more employment interviews and/or team competitions to test their skills in a variety of agricultural career areas. 

Students were given the opportunity to interview for a specific Employment Area in 14 different career paths. Each student completed a resume, cover letter, job application, and participated in an interview for their area of expertise. UIUC students who competed were: 
  • Erica Navis, 1st place in Dairy Production
  • Leon Peters, 1st place in Fertilizers and Ag Chemicals
  • Naomi Cooper, 2nd place in Overall Livestock
  • Liz Harfst, 2nd place in Agricultural Communications
  • Caroline Hoff, 2nd place in Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Kiersten Kasey, Agricultural Education
  • Austin O’Neall, Crop Production
Illinois Farm Bureau also sponsored an Agriculture Collegiate Discussion Meet for all PAS members. Jacob Meisner and Kaity Carroll represented the University of Illinois during this competition. Students were divided into groups of 4-6 students and asked to discuss a current agriculture topic. Jacob Meisner placed 2nd overall in the discussion meet, and earned an expense paid trip to the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago in December. He will represent Illinois Farm Bureau at the national Discussion Meet competition in Phoenix, Arizona, in February.
Students were also allowed to compete in one of six team specialist areas. Students worked individually and as a team to complete a written exam, a problem solving exercise, and present their solution to panel of judges. Students who competed from the University of Illinois were:
  • Naomi Cooper, Kiersten Kasey, and Austin O'Neall – 2nd place team in Overall Livestock; 
  • Naomi was 4th place individual, and Kiersten placed 5th individually
  • Leon Peters and Erica Navis – 7th place team in Swine 
  • Trent Hawker and Caroline Hoff – 7th place team in Floriculture
Students who placed first or second in their categories will advance to the National PAS competition in March. 
The PAS Organization “aspires to be the premier leadership and career development organization serving college agriculture students. Illinois PAS “provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation”.

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