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Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Profiled at the National FFA Convention by Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Eli’s Cheesecake has been a long time supporter of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. With so much need in our society for leaders nationally and globally in improving food safety, food security and the 300 careers in agriculture and life sciences, Chicago is fortunate to have a public high school that has for 25 years developed outstanding graduates that attend top universities and pursue important careers in the food and related industries.
It was therefore an honor to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis where Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered a keynote address and recognized CHSAS for its important role in urban agricultural education today.

Agricultural Education in the 21st Century: Secretary Arne Duncan’s Remarks at the FFA Convention

October 21, 2010 (excerpted from Secretary’s Duncan’s remarks)

Look behind me. You will see the outstanding students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences who just introduced me.

I’ve been to their school many times, and I loved those visits. It is an amazing school. I remember when a calf was born there. It is one of the ten largest FFA chapters in the nation. Every day, the Chicago Ag School refutes the myth that agricultural education is just for rural students.

Every day, the school dispels the misconception that agricultural education is a relic with little relevance in the information age.

Every day, their school illustrates the power of rigorous agricultural education to engage students and transform lives and communities.

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Over 54,000 people, an attendance record, registered for the 83rd National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis , Indiana.

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US Secretary of Education and former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools,  Arne Duncan, was introduced by current CHSAS students, Alexis Raybon, Ciana McMillian and Mahmoud Shalabi.

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan with CHSAS Master Ag Teacher, Sheila Fowler, Ciana McMillian and  Master Ag Teacher Emeritu and Assistant Principal, Lucille Shaw.

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Education Secretary Duncan with CHSAS Principal, William Hook, CHSAS students, Alexis Raybon and Mahmoud Shalabi, and Eli’s Cheesecake’s, Marc and Maureen Schulman.


Legendary agricultural broadcaster, Orion Samuelson, interviewed Education Secretary Duncan, FFA Chief Operating Officer Dwight Armstrong and Eli’s Marc Schulman for the FFA Convention coverage on RFD-TV.

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Orion Samuelson recently celebrated his 50th Anniversary of broadcasting on WGN Radio and a member of the Radio Broadcast Hall of Fame has been a supporter of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences since its founding. The students, faculty and supporters of CHSAS expressed their support for Orion advocating agricultural education in urban areas like Chicago.

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Eli’s Cheesecake happy to support the Chicago Public schools’ Principal for a Day!




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PrezRelease–the Blog of U of I President Mike Hogan Highlights meeting of Hogan, Chancellor Easter and Eli’s Marc Schulman

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Eli’s Cheesecake, Wright College & the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Celebrate the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program Graducation

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Ray Arceo, Teacher and Spokesperson for NFL Fuel Up to Play60 Speaks to Chicago High School for Agricultural High School Students particpating in the Summer Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program at Wright College and Eli’s Cheesecake

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Ray Arceo is a physical education instructor at Miguel Juarez Middle School and a spokesperson for the NFL Fuel to Play60 Program. Ray is married to Eli’s Food service Sales Director, Erin Arceo, and is responsible for the partnership between Juarez and Eli’s for the Spruce-Up of Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground each year.

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Ray spoke to the students about the importance of a well balanced diet and exercise in keeping with the First Lady’s Goals on the “Let’s Move” web site. Ray concluded his remarks by having the students do some exercises in place.

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This has been the most successful year in the history of Eli’s, Wright and CHSAS Partnership for the Summer Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program with outstanding speakers, special guests and engaged students. This year we really put all the pieces together as we saw the links between business, education and public policy.

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Chicago Tribune Food Policy Writer Renee Enna Speaks to Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Students as part of the Summer Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program sponsored by Eli’s, Wright College and CHSAS

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Dr. Bechara Choucair, Director of the Chicago Board of Health Speaks to the Chicago High School for Ag Sciences Summer Sustainable Agricultural Students at the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market

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We were honored to have Dr. Bechara Choucair, the Director of the Chicago Board of Health,  speak at the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market to the Chicago High School for Agriculture  Students in the Summer Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program.

Dr. Choucair has a global perspective to public health issues and inspired the students with his background and the innovative programs that he is developing for Chicagoans.

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Dr. Choucair with the CHSAS students following his talk.

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Dean Molly Jahn of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture & Life Sciences visits Eli’s Cheesecake, Wright College and meets with Chicago Ag Summer Fellows

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Dean Jahn congratulates the students from Vaughn High School on their participation in the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market.

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Each week students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences bring produce and crafts to the Eli’s/Wright Farmers Market.

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Dean Jahn is greeted by CHSAS graduates Michael Funk, Dantrell Cotton, Eli’s Jeff Anderson and CHSAS Master Ag Teacher Sheila Fowler

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Dean Jahn met with a student leaders and supporters at Wright College. From left to right, Assistant Dean Maria Llopiz-Rosas Landa, Eli’s and Wright Grad, Keyla Torres, Wright President Charles Guenerich, Wright Vice President Cynthia Cordes, Dean Jahn, Wright Advisor Susan Calabrese and Eli’s Jeff Anderson.

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Dean Jahn had a forum with the student leadership at Wright on their interests and goals.

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This was the fifth of six weeks in the Summer Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program with CHSAS and the last week of the speakers program. It has been a great summer of speakers and special visitors.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman Delivers Keynote Address for City of Chicago Business Works Seminar at Wright College


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Opening Day for the 11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market–Now Every Thursday this Summer

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