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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

81ST KANSAS FFA CONVENTION KICKS OFF WITH RENOWNED YOUTH SPEAKER

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The first day of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention featured an opportunity for high school students to explore potential careers; recognition of student success in the FFA creed speaking, agricultural issues, and parliamentary procedure career development events; and a challenge to members made by renowned speaker Grant Baldwin.

The opening session welcomed Kansas FFA members, advisors and guests to Manhattan and announced the first of many individual and team honors that will be granted to members during the week.

Shannon Maxwell, Holton FFA, was recognized as the top individual in the Creed Speaking Career Development Event, with Naicee Gugelmeyer, South Barber FFA, placing second; Theo Kassebaum, Centre FFA, placing third; and Jordan Bell, Hill City FFA, placing fourth.

Atchison County was honored as the top team in the Ag Issues CDE and the Holton FFA took home top honors in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. The Labette County FFA was recognized as the top chapter in the Career Development Events Sweepstakes. Louisburg was second, followed by Paola, Washington County and Buhler.

All members in attendance were challenged by the message delivered by kick-off speaker Grant Baldwin, author of the book “Reality Check”, who spoke to the audience about overcoming excuses and taking control of their own situations.

Earlier in the day, members attended the 8th Annual Convention Career Show and interacted with agribusinesses and other professionals to learn more about their future opportunities after high school graduation.

Tomorrow convention continues with recognition of the 41 proficiency award winners who were selected for accomplishing specific career goals in their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs. The top individuals in the prepared and extemporaneous speaking career development events will be announced and the recipients of the honorary degree will be recognized. Thursday evening convention attendees will hear from author and speaker Ed Gerety.

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 Align Centerstates, 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.

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Creed, Ag Issues and Paliamentary Procedure Winners Recognized

KANSAS FFA RECOGNIZES THE STATE’S BEST IN CREED SPEAKING, AG ISSUES AND PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Students from the Holton FFA and Atchison County FFA were recognized on Wednesday at the Kansas FFA Convention for excellence in public speaking, knowledge of agricultural issues and demonstration of parliamentary procedure and earned the opportunity to compete at National FFA Convention in October.

Shannon Maxwell, a member of the Holton FFA chapter, took home top honors in the Kansas FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Event (CDE). The four finalists of the event were Naicee Gugelmeyer, South Barber FFA, who placed second; Theo Kassebaum, Centre FFA, who placed third; and Jordan Bell, Hill City FFA, who placed fourth. The Creed Speaking CDE develops public speaking skills in younger members as only greenhands, first year members, are eligible to compete. To participate, FFA members recite the FFA creed, which outlines the organization’s beliefs regarding the agricultural industry, FFA membership and the value of citizenship and patriotism. In addition, participants are questioned about their knowledge of the creed and the FFA.

The Atchison County FFA was awarded first place in the Agricultural Issues CDE, which required the team to present a current issue to the public through a formal presentation and a written portfolio of research. Team members included Rikki Taliaferro, Sara Nutsch, Zack Langley, Colton Dunaway and Darren Falk. The team’s advisor is Dean Stafford. The top four finishing teams were Spring Hill, second place; Clay Center, third place; and Marysville, fourth.

The National FFA Organization’s mission is to develop premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The Parliamentary Procedure CDE contributes to this by giving members first-hand experience of efficiently running a meeting. The Holton FFA earned the top team honor in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE due to the hard work of team members Amanda Spade, Kayla Klahr, Kate Gooderl, Mary Burns, Dillon Klahr and Carrie Karns. The team is advised by Jason Larison and Alex Bartel. Second-place went to Clay Center with Riverton and Marysville taking third and fourth, respectively.

The teams will spend the next several months preparing for the National Career Development Events during the National FFA Convention, in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 21-24, 2009.

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.

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Kansas Youth Gather For 2009 Kansas FFA Convention

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Leadership, excellence and student success will take center stage May 27-29 at the 81st Kansas FFA Convention. This annual event brings together more than 1,500 FFA members, agricultural educators and supporters from across the state of Kansas to Kansas State University honoring outstanding young leaders in the Kansas FFA Association.

The convention theme, “Step Up, Stand Out” reflects FFA’s ability to build leaders through agricultural education, who stand out in their communities. The theme will come to life as guests listen to the inspiring retiring addresses of the state FFA officer team and motivational speakers from across the country. Forty-one members will be awarded proficiency awards for accomplishing specific career goals in their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs. The highest honor a state association can bestow, the
State FFA Degree, will be awarded to 172 members. From the state degree recipients, a Star Farmer, a Star in Agricultural Placement and a Star in Agribusiness will be named – thus recognizing the best three SAE programs in the state.

“Kansas FFA Convention brings together the future leaders of our state and the agricultural industry,” said Emily Surdez, Kansas FFA president. “It not only motivates the students to continue developing their skills and knowledge, but also inspires parents, agribusiness leaders, advisors and all attendees as they witness the talent and drive of our members.”

In addition to individual recognition, entire FFA chapters are recognized through National Chapter Awards and the Triple Crown Award. The coveted Triple Crown distinguishes the top state chapter in the areas of student, chapter and community development. The final session of the convention marks the beginning of an exciting year for six extraordinary members who will be selected to serve the more than 7,400 Kansas FFA members as 2009-2010 state officers.

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.

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