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A local FFA chapter is one of many across the state receiving awards at this week's Illinois FFA Convention in Springfield.
The Maroa-Forsyth FFA chapter is having quite the week.
Chapter President, Reed Jostes, has received several awards.   Jostes was recognized as one of 10 outstanding chapter presidents in the state for exceptional leadership and service with the Outstanding Chapter President Award. The award is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Jostes was also recognized as one of 10 outstanding section presidents in the state who achieved the highest degree of excellence during their year of service to the chapters in their section and the Illinois Association FFA. The Top 10 section presidents are rewarded with an expense-paid, two-day leadership conference sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Jostes was also selected as one of two 2018 recipients of the Sam Taylor Memorial Scholarship. 
Jostes has also been selected as one of ten candidate finalists for a 2018-2019 Major State Officer position with the Illinois Association FFA.  Elections for the new Illinois state officers is being held today (Thursday).
In addition, Cole Fredrickson, of the Maroa-Forsyth FFA Chapter, was recognized as Illinois' American Star in Agricultural Placement candidate and will compete with other American FFA Degree recipients throughout the country this fall at the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

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