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Youth and Young FarmersEssay Contest

Essay Contest

John Schubbe of Peotone, Illinois, Tyler Tessman of Audubon, Iowa, Taylor Case of Russellville, Missouri, Cori Lee of Marysville, Ohio, and Marie Hamlin of Roberts, Wisconsin, have been named state winners of the 2019 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year's contest was "What does the future of agriculture look like to you, and what skills will you need to play a part in it?"

Schubbe is a student at Peotone High School and a member of the Peotone FFA Chapter. His FFA advisor is Abby Jacobs. Tessman is a student at Audubon High School and a member of the Audubon FFA Chapter. His FFA advisor is Brittany Elmquist. Case is a student at Cole R-1 Russellville High School and a member of the Russellville FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is Ellen Amos. Lee is a student at Marysville High School and a member of the Marysville FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is Shari Anderson. Hamlin is a student at St. Croix Central High School and a member of the St. Croix Central FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is Gretchen Rozeboom.

Each state's contest winner receives a $500 award from GROWMARK at their state FFA convention. The winner's FFA chapter also receives a $300 award in honor of their accomplishment.

Click the links below to read each of the four winning essays.

Illinois - John Schubbe of Peotone
Iowa - Tyler Tessman of Audubon
Missouri - Taylor Case of Russellville
Wisconsin - Marie Hamlin of Roberts
Ohio - Cori Lee of Marysville

For a complete list of each state's runners up, please see our 2019 GROWMARK Essay Contest press release.
Questions? Call 309-557-6184 or e-mail Karen Jones​.​