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.

FFA Agriscience finalists compete for top honor

Helen SaTsu conducts an experiment on inhibiting microbial growth during the spoilage process of meat. She ran tests every few days to check the level of bacteria.

Helen Satsu

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.

FFA Agriscience finalists compete for top honor

For her winning FFA project, Sedona Kolmer is researching the public perceptions of agriculture and consumer trends that involve agricultural products.

Sedona Kolmer

Chapter: Waterloo

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.

Martha Blum can be reached at 815-223-2558, ext. 117, or marthablum@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Blum.

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