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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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Wisconsin FFA Chapters make a special visit to Eli’s Cheesecake on the Road to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis

Today it was our honor to host six FFA Chapters from northern Wisconsin on their way to the National FFA Convention starting Wednesday in Indianapolis. It was a pleasure for all of us at Eli’s to greet the students and teachers and to share our common interest in agriculture through our work with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. We also all gave praise to Dean Molly Jahn of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is a leaders in supporting agricultural education throughout all of Wisconsin and helping our students at Wright College and at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.


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