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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar was honored Wednesday evening to accept an Honorary State FFA Degree during the 90th Illinois State FFA Convention in Springfield.

More than 5,000 FFA members, advisors, and guests attended the convention during its three-day run from June 12-14. Among them were students from Taylorville and Pana high schools.

Honorary State Degree recipients are recognized for their outstanding service to agricultural education and FFA programs. The degree is awarded by the Illinois Association FFA. Manar was one of 34 recipients this year.

“It’s an honor to be included among such a fine group of supporters for agriculture and ag education in Illinois,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat. “I am pleased that I can be a voice at the Capitol for K-12 education and rural and agricultural priorities.”

In addition to Manar, the other recipients of 2018 honorary degrees were (in alphabetical order): State Senator Neil Anderson; Don and Gina Birritier, parents of Illinois FFA state president; Congressman Mike Bost, 12th District; Mike Butler, Athens FFA advisor; Dave Clark, retired reporter for The Star Courier; Anna and Jeff Clausen, parents of Illinois FFA state treasurer; Congressman Rodney Davis, 13th District; Katie Eads-Cressey, Youth Education in Agriculture Committee; John C. Edgar, Illinois FFA Center assistant director; Doug Falk, Cuba FFA advisor; Kenny Hartman, ILCAE member; Elliot Hasselbring, Illinois FFA Alumni Council; and Dalton Heavner, state convention volunteer.

Also, Dr. Walt Hurley, UIUC Animal Science Department; Chris and Jody Janssen, parents of Illinois FFA state vice president; Randy Meyer, Nokomis FFA advisor; Ryan Orrick, IACCAI chairman; Karen and Tom Painter, parents of Illinois FFA state secretary; Raymond Poe, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture; Pam and Terry Reeverts, parents of Illinois FFA state reporter; Larry Riden, friend of Illinois FFA; Marianne Shields, assistant to the dean of the SIU COAS; Kirk Stevens, friend of Illinois FFA; Doug Thurnau, St. Elmo FFA advisor; Darin Walter, friend of Illinois FFA; Jenny Webb, Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education; Kaitlyn Weitekamp, ILCAE member; and Julie Wollerman, regional superintendent.

Pictured above (left to right): (seated) Julie Wollerman, Larry Riden, Kirk Stevens, Marianne Shields, Darin Walter, Jenny Webb, Kaitlyn Weitekamp; (standing) Doug Falk, Dave Clark, Neil Anderson, Kenny Hartman, Randy Meyer, Andy Manar, Dr. Walt Hurley.

 

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Pictured: State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), recipient of a 2018 Honorary State FFA Degree, is joined by Pana High School FFA students during the 90th Illinois State FFA Convention in Springfield on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. From left to right: Ivy Stewart, 16; Chase Temmen, 16, FFA chapter president; Amanda Hall, 16, FFA chapter secretary; Manar; Grace Sims, 17; and Alex Weitekamp, 16.

 

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Pictured: State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), recipient of a 2018 Honorary State FFA Degree, is joined by Taylorville High School FFA students during the 90th Illinois State FFA Convention in Springfield on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. From left to right: Duncan Beck, 18; Ryan Held, 18; Manar; Abel Gunn, 17; and Ellie Tippitt, 18. All four students are recent graduates of Taylorville High School.

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