Jeremy Whisenton, a student at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), was selected as the state FFA Proficiency Winner in Forestry Management.
Whisenton is a member of the CHSAS FFA chapter of the Illinois Association FFA.
A committee of agriculture industry representatives and teachers knowledgeable in this work-based area selected Whisenton as the state winner. He is the son of Cleo and Donna Whisenton of Chicago.
Illinois FFA recognizes students in 50 areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised Agriculture Experiences (SAE). FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through record keeping, leadership and scholastic achievement may be considered for this award.
An SAE allows students to learn 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 the results.
Receiving this honor now makes Whisenton eligible to compete in the National FFA awards selection process in July. He was previously chosen as the chapter, section and district awardee is this area.
Whistenton has been involved in Agriculture Career Development events and is currently serving as the Section 8 president of the Illinois FFA Association. Noelle Coronado is his agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at CHSAS.
Whistenton will receive plaques for his accomplishments at the Illinois FFA convention to be held June 11-13 in Springfield.