Zach Whitebread, of Mount Carroll, Ill., a member of the West Carroll Chapter, recently won the state Swine Producation-Placement Award at the state FFA Proficiency Awards Day at the University of Illinois.

Whitebread is the son of Gary and Carla Whitebread. His agriculture education instructors at West Carroll High School are Dan Hartman and Don Mathey.

The Swine Producation-Placement Award is one of 50 state FFA Proficiency awards. Five finalists from each award area had previously advanced through the chapter, section and district competition.

Whitebread will receive the award during the Illinois FFA State Convention being held from June 14 to 16 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill.

Selection of the state award winners is based on a personal interview as well as the size and growth of the FFA members’ Supervised Agricultural Experience Program and their knowledge of the subject. The 50 state award winners were selected from more than 17,000 FFA members statewide.

The Illinois Foundation FFA sponsors the proficiency award program and provides medals, plaques and other awards for more than 4,000 Illinois FFA members each year.