University of Illinois Student Honored at White House
By Sean Powers
The White House honored a University of Illinois student on Tuesday for his civic engagement efforts.
Sophomore Jacob Dickey of Gibson City studies Agricultural Education at the U of I, and he was recognized as a Future Farmers of America “Champion of Change.” Dickey spearheaded a yearlong campaign with schools, businesses, and civic organizations to raise money for the Special Olympics, and promote projects that give back to the community.
After Dickey graduates from college, he said he plans to teach high school agriculture and advocate for agricultural programs.
“In the future, it’s up to us to give back to the organizations that we’ve taken so much from that have charged our lives,” Dickey said. “I’m going to be an agricultural educator someday. I want to teach students just as my agricultural teachers have inspired me and just give back so much to the organization that does so much to the lives of students across the country.”
All together, the White House recognized 12 members of F-F-A and the 4-H Youth Development Organization as “Champions of Change.”
“The members of 4-H and FFA are shining examples of the positive change young Americans are bringing across the country, said Jon Carson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement. “Today we are not only celebrating the work of students having an impact on their communities, but we’re also honoring the mentors and teachers who are fostering these leadership skills in the youth of today.”
The “Champions of Change” program honors ordinary Americans doing great work in their communities.