MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas FFA Association honored the best of the best on Friday afternoon during the final session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention. The top chapter in the National Chapter Award Program earned the Triple Crown Award, three members received State Star awards, and six members were elected to serve as the 2009-2010 Kansas FFA officer team.
Triple Crown Award Honors Chapter Excellence
For the second year in a row, the Riverton FFA chapter was awarded the Triple Crown award, which is given to the FFA chapter that performs best in all the three divisions of the National Chapter Award program. The National Chapter Award program recognizes chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization in the three divisions of student development, chapter development and community development. The Wilson FFA Chapter placed second in the National Chapter Award with the Fredonia FFA finishing third.
The chapter winning the Triple Crown Award receives $300 and the Bob Garlow memorial traveling trophy, which is sponsored by the Bill Garlow Family in memory of past Kansas FFA officer Bob Garlow.
State Star Awards Recognize Best Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs
Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs by with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Placement awards. The 2009 State Stars of Kansas are Ben Meyer, Linn FFA, Star Farmer; Tucker A. Stewart, Washington County FFA, Star in Agricultural Placement, and Garrett Lister, Marysville FFA, Star in Agribusiness. Each state star received $250, and their parents and FFA advisors were each awarded the Honorary State FFA Degree.
Meyer rents 160 acres of farmland, to raise wheat, beans and grain sorghum; he also works at a local dairy, and raises honey bees. He is the son of Daniel and Jane Meyer. Trent Horn is his FFA advisor. Stewart’s SAE focuses on beef production and includes raising and marketing 1,000 head of club calves. He is the son of Greg and Debbie Stewart, and his FFA advisor is John Kern. Lister operates his own lawn mowing and hedge post business. He is the son of Craig and Jean Lister, and his father is also his FFA advisor.
The State Star awards are sponsored by ICM, Inc., United Bank and Trust and the Kansas Farm Bureau.
Six FFA Members Elected to State Officer Team
The state convention concluded with the announcement and installation of the 2009-2010 Kansas FFA state officer team. Garrett Lister, Marysville FFA, will lead the new team as state president. Other team members are as follows: Nellie Hill, Centre FFA, vice president; Allison Penner, Clay Center FFA, secretary; Hannah Miller, Chapman FFA, treasurer; Alyson McCall, Minneapolis FFA, reporter; Zach Langford, Buhler FFA, sentinel.
Fourteen state officer candidates endured a grueling selection process, which included a written test on FFA and agriculture, a workshop presentation and numerous interviews. Ten candidates were selected for the officer slate and spoke to the convention delegates who voted for the team.
During the next 12 months, the state officer team will travel around the state speaking to members at chapter events, planning conferences and workshops, and representing the FFA at numerous state and national functions.
FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.