SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — During the Stars over Illinois ceremony, finalists for the Star in Agriscience award will be introduced at the 91st Illinois Association FFA Convention.
These FFA members have been selected as district winners after an extensive process of evaluating the students and their record books.
The annual meeting will be June 11-13 at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield.
Chapter: Chicago Ag Sciences
Advisers: Brittney Kee and Julie Reynolds
Parents: Sundy and Elena SaTsu
SAE Project: Helen SaTsu has investigated how wasabi can inhibit microbial growth during the spoilage process in meat with an experiment she has completed for the second year in a row. The FFA member used water, chicken and different amounts of wasabi powder and ran ammonia tests every few days to check the concentration of bacteria.
The District 2 Star in Agriscience has learned more about the earth’s naturally occurring cycles through this project and the potential that spice has in preventing and curing diseases.
Advisers: Tim McDermott and Marissa Modglin
Parents: Jane and Keith Kolmer
SAE Project: The District 5 Star in Agriscience winner has a FFA project that is focused on the social systems area of agriscience research. Sedona Kolmer has researched public perceptions of agriculture and consumer trends regarding agricultural products.
This data, the Waterloo FFA member said, can be shared with the agricultural industry to improve relations with the public.