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GROWMARK Announces 2013 Illinois Essay Contest Winner

Date Posted: May 7, 2013

Bloomington, IL—Emily Bloemer of Bloomington, Ill., has been named the Illinois state winner of the 2013 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Fighting Domestic and Global Hunger.”

In her contest entry, Bloemer said: “Thanks to American agriculture, millions of people will never forget the feeling of going to sleep with a full stomach.

"Whether it be technology, cooperatives and partnerships, or personal efforts, agriculturalists valiantly rise to the challenge of eradicating domestic and world hunger every day.”

Bloemer is a student at Heyworth High School and a member of the Heyworth FFA chapter.

Her FFA advisor is Jestun Nutter.

As the contest winner, Bloemer will receive a $500 award from GROWMARK at the Illinois FFA State Convention, held in Springfield during June.

The Heyworth FFA chapter will also receive a $300 award in honor of her accomplishment to help future students.

Four state runners-up will each receive a $125 award.

The runners-up and their FFA chapters are, in alphabetical order: Aya Bridgeland, Byron FFA, Byron, Ill.; Mackenzie Clawson, Mercer County FFA, Seaton, Ill.; Charlie Herrera, Chicago Ag Sciences FFA, Chicago; and Matthew Rehmer, Marissa FFA, Lenzburg, Ill.

This is the twentieth year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues in agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

FOr more information, call 309-557-6189.

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