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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kansas FFA Bestows Three Honorary FFA Degrees, One VIP Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Four individuals were honored for their great service to the Kansas FFA on Thursday evening at the 81st Kansas FFA State Convention on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan.
The Honorary State FFA Degree is bestowed upon those who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA, and who have rendered outstanding services to the association. This year’s recipients of the honorary degree were Fred Cholick, dean of the Kansas State University College of Agriculture; Sharon Thielen, special events coordinator for the College of Agriculture, and Larry Lyder, current president of the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE).
Emily Surdez, Kansas FFA President, noted each recipient gives selflessly of his or her time to the organization in order to make a difference in members’ lives.
“Dr. Cholick has a mindset of putting students first, and he exemplifies this in his personable character and constant support of the Kansas FFA Association,” Surdez said. “Sharon plays an integral part in many events run by the Kansas FFA, including the State Career Development Events, and Mr. Lyder makes a commitment each day to the development of agricultural educators as KAAE president as well as impacting members as the advisor of the Hill City FFA chapter.”
In addition to the honorary degrees, the Kansas FFA honored Larry Erpleding, with the VIP Award. The VIP Award is for those individuals that have exemplified lifelong leadership and dedication to agriculture education and the FFA. Erpleding is a professor and former associate dean of academic programs in the College of Agriculture at K-State. Erpleding served the association as the Kansas FFA President from 1961-1962. Surdez noted his passion for agricultural education and FFA is evident today in his assistance at FFA events and recognition of the leadership opportunities that the organization provides to its members.
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.

Kansas FFA Selects Top Prepared, Extemporaneous Speakers

MANHATTAN, Kan. – FFA members from the Marysville FFA and Coffeyville FFA were awarded first-place in the Kansas FFA Prepared Public Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking Career Development Events (CDEs) on Thursday evening during the 81st Kansas FFA State Convention in Manhattan, Kan.

Garret Lister, Marysville FFA member, took home the top honor in the Extemporaneous CDE, which challenges members to present on a current agricultural issue after only 30 minutes of preparation. The other three finalists in the event were Annelle Chestnut, Clay Center FFA, who placed second; Wyatt Decker, Washington County FFA, who placed third; and Jared Crittenden, Winfield FFA, who placed fourth.

The Prepared Public Speaking CDE was won by Kaylee Koch of the Coffeyville FFA chapter with her speech “The Effects of Music on Agriculture.” Jessica Grinstead, Buhler FFA, placed second; Allison Penner, Clay Center FFA, placed third; and Zach Langford, Buhler FFA, placed fourth. To participate in the Prepared Public Speaking CDE, members must submit a manuscript and bibliography, present a 6- to 8-minute speech and answer questions about their selected speech topic.

The Extemporaneous CDE is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina and Casey and Tammy Niemann. The Prepared Public Speaking CDE is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina.

By winning at the state level, Lister and Koch both have the opportunity to compete in the National Career Development Events at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, 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.

Third Session Honors Creativity and Professionalism

The third session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention celebrated the creativity of the FFA Scrapbooks and the professionalism of the winners of the Job Interview Career Development Event.

Each year members, advisors, and guests all glance through the eye-catching and colorful FFA scrapbooks displayed. While fun to create and look at, the scrapbook competition is a serious tradition for many chapters.

This year the scrapbook winners in ranking order are:
1- Cherryvale FFA Chapter
2- Centre FFA Chapter
3- Oakley FFA Chapter
4- Hillsboro FFA Chapter

The Job Interview Career Development Event provides an opportunity for members to prove their worthiness and knowledge for a particular career or job. Members are judged on the quality of their resume, cover letter, job application, and interview.

Top individuals of the Job Interview CDE in ranking order are:
1-Kaden Rousch, Smith Center FFA
2-Andrew Strasberg, Fredonia FFA
3-Amanda Davis, Washburn Rural FFA
4-Brett Reineman, Lawrence Free State FFA
5-Ariel Whitely, Lawrence Free State FFA
6-Kayla Klahr, Holton FFA
7-Jordan Hildebrand, Chapman FFA
8-Tina Voelker, Neodesha FFA
9-Cody McReynolds-Clark, Buhler FFA
10-Jessica White, Wamego FFA

Congratulations to all of the winners!

National and State Scholarships Announced

The announcement of national and state scholarships was met with great excitement during the third session of the 81st State FFA Convention. At the state level, $15,500 has been awarded thanks to the support of six different sponsors. At the national level 95 scholarships were awarded to Kansas FFA members for a total of $121,275. At the national level, total, approximately $2.2 million was donated by 128 generous sponsors, making it possible for FFA to award 1,455 scholarships in 2009. These scholarships will assist students in their post-high school educational endeavors.

For a complete list of the scholarship recipients, click here:
http://www.hpj.com/wsdocs/ffa/newsstory.cfm?article=939

Congratulations scholarship recipients!

State Proficiency Award Winners Recognized

State Proficiency Award Winners were recognized at the second and third session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention. Awards were judged and given on the student's Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program. Financial records, hours worked, lessons learned, and accuracy of trade were all considered when choosing the winners. Awards were given in more than 41 categories.

To view the entire list of State Proficiency Award Winners click here: http://www.hpj.com/wsdocs/ffa/newsstory.cfm?article=928

Congratulations to all of the state winners!

Second Session Celebrates a Variety of Successes

The second session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention recognized several members and chapters for their hard work, dedication and success. Areas such as the Leadership Information Test, the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Essay Contest, and the Agri-Entrepreneurship Award were all celebrated.

The National FFA Organization is rich with history and traditions that students have not only memorized, but have taken to heart for decades. The FFA Leadership Information Test quizzes members on their knowledge about the past and present workings of the FFA.

The top ten individuals in ranking order are:
1-Logan Britton of the Labette County FFA
2-Kurt Lockwood of te Caney FFA
3-Andrew Strasburg of the Fredonia FFA
4-Zoey Zeigler of the Hill City FFA
5-Garrett Lister of the Marysville FFA
6-Austin Price of the Girard FFA
7-Brock Burick of the Girard FFA
8-Kelci Newkirk of the Girard FFA
9-Jordan Bell of the Hill City FFA
10-Brandon Callaway of the Girard FFA

The top five teams in ranking order are:
1-Girard FFA Chapter
2-Hill City FFA Chapter
3-Riverton FFA Chapter
4-Doniphan West FFA Chapter
5-South Barber FFA Chapter

"How does Agricultural Education meet the needs of the millennial generation?" This is the question students were asked to respond to when entering the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Essay Contest (KAAE). Students from across the state punched out up to 500 words to express their opinions. Winners were awarded with a cash prize.

Finalists in ranking order are:
1-Zach Langford of the Buhler FFA Chapter, $40 award
2-Katelyn Colby of the Spring Hill FFA Chapter, $25 award
3-Ashley Meek of the Mission Valley FFA Chapter, $25 award

The Agri-Entrepreneurship Award Program is designed to increase the amount of entrepreneurship being taught in local agriculture programs across the country. The program is a joint activity of the National FFA Organization and the U.S. Department of Education. This year's recipient of the award is Grace Bokelman of the Washington County FFA Chapter.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Local Students Attain Organizations Highest Honor

MANHATTAN, Kan. – 57 members of the Kansas FFA Association were granted their American FFA Degree in October at the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. On Thursday they were recognized at the state level for their accomplishment.The American FFA Degree is the highest honor the organization can bestow upon its members. In order to achieve this award members must meet the following requirements: Received the State FFA Degree, been an FFA member and agricultural education student for at least three years, earned at least $7,500 or worked 2,250 hours plus earned $1,500 in their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, received a “C” average or better in high school and show a record of outstand leadership and community involvement.

Those members who made these qualifications and their respective FFA Chapters were
  • Trevor W. Ashcraft- Holton
  • Clandria Jarboe- Holton
  • Chad Atwood-Prairie View
  • Jared Neil Wilson- Prairie View
  • Christopher Bauerle-Prairie View
  • Christina Klein-Sabetha
  • Emily Surdez- Sabetha
  • Gloria Belton- Centre
  • Carrie Ann Blaes-Cherryvale
  • Shane D. Blaes- Cherryvale
  • Kaitlyn Elizabeth Bogart-Arkansas City
  • Megan Bryant-Arkansas city
  • Chelbie James-Arkansas City
  • Brynn Nulik-Arkansas City
  • Rachel Shaw-Arkansas City
  • Kyle Smith- Arkansas City
  • Ashley Dawn Bohnenblust-Clay Center
  • Bethany Lane Bohnenbust- Labette County
  • Daniel Clungston- Columbus
  • Jade Nicole Comstock-Fredonia
  • Wendy E. Dague-Washington County
  • Jacob Hughes-Washington County
  • Jay Stamm -Washington County
  • Nicole Ely-Inman
  • Drew Goering- Inman
  • Daniel Paul Forsyth-Chapman
  • Joshua David Gillespie-Humboldt
  • Alex E. Gottlob-Winfield
  • Hannah A. Harris- Girard
  • Kyra E. O’Brien- Girard
  • Dalton Holliman-Atwood
  • Kally Hood- Rock Creek
  • Andy Newkirk- Rock Creek
  • Aaron Kadavy-Republic County
  • J.M. Cody Kissinger- Newton
  • Garrett D. LaRue- Central
  • Kelly Oliver -Erie- Central
  • Samantha Lawrence-Central
  • Jordan Rae Lister- Marysville
  • Austin Paul Schotte- Marysville
  • Tessa Schotte-Marysville
  • Scott McAlister- West Elk
  • Lucas McNally- South Barber
  • Sara Meiwes- Marmaton Valley
  • Chris Weston-Marmaton Valley
  • Greg Meyer- Linn
  • Kyler Olhde- Linn
  • Traci Rothlisberger-Linn
  • Megan Nelson- Paola
  • Lyndee Mae Patterson- Jackson Heights
  • Garett L. Schreiber-Jackson Heights
  • Cody Regier-Buhler
  • Jayme Christine Rezac-Onaga
  • Amy M. Sents- McPherson
  • Jared Unrau-Goessel
  • Tyler Zimmerman-Chaparral
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 http://www.ksffa.org/ for more information.

National Chapter Awards for Community Developement

The purpose of the National Chapter Award Program is to encourage chapters to develop and improve in three focus areas: Chapter Development, Student Development, and Community Development. Awards are given in each of these three areas in the divisions of bronze, silver and gold. During the second session of the Kansas FFA Convention, the National Chapter Awards for Community Development were awarded.

Chapters receiving these awards have worked hard to positively influence their community. Whether it be teaching the community about agricultural issues and practices, organizing work days to preserve natural resources, or hosting various activities to improve the well-being of the members of the community, these chapters have truly contributed to their communities.

Chapters receiving a National Chapter Award in Community Development include:

Bronze Division:
Fort Scott FFA Chapter
Great Bend FFA Chapter
Hays FFA Chapter
Pleasanton FFA Chapter
Prairie View FFA Chapter
St. Mary's FFA Chapter
Tonganoxie FFA Chapter
WaKeeney FFA Chapter
West Elk FFA Chapter

Silver Division:
Axtell FFA Chapter
Buhler FFA Chapter
Centre FFA Chapter
Cherryvale FFA Chapter
Doniphan West FFA Chapter
Ellis FFA Chapter
Ell-Saline FFA Chapter
Girard FFA Chapter
Labette County FFA Chapter
Lacrosse FFA Chapter
Lawrence Free State FFa Chapter
Marion/Florence FFA Chapter
Marysville FFA Chapter
Neodesha FFA Chapter
Norton FFA Chapter
Paola FFA Chapter
Russell FFA Chapter
Smith Center FFA Chapter
South Barber FFA Chapter
Southwestern Heights FFA Chapter

Gold Division:
1st-Fredonia FFA Chapter
2nd-Riverton FFA Chapter
3rd- Hill City FFA Chapter
4th- Wilson FFA Chapter
5th- Arkansas City FFA Chapter
6th- Hiawatha FFA Chapter
7th- Winfield FFA Chapter
8th- Southeast of Saline FFA Chapter
9th- Clay Center FFA Chapter
10th- Jefferson West FFA Chapter
11th- Mission Valley FFA Chapter
12th- Chapman FFA Chapter
13th- Rock Hills FFA Chapter
14th- Sabetha FFA Chapter
15th- Republic County FFA Chapter
16th-Wabaunsee FFA Chapter

Congratulations to these chapters!

KS Farm Bureau gives $5000 in grants to KS FFA Chapters

Kansas Farm Bureau recently gave more than $5000 in grants to several Kansas FFA Chapters. The Kansas Bureau sponsored several $250 and $500 grants to stimulate interaction between the two organizations. To be eligble for the grants, chapters were required to develop a project in which they partner with Kansas Farm Bureau. The collaboration allows the organizations to work together to further agricultural knowledge and leadership in the local area.

Chapters earning a $250 grant include:

Clay Center FFA Chapter
Columbus FFA Chapter
Elk Valley FFA Chapter
Ellinwood FFA Chapter
Great Bend FFA Chapter
Marysville FFA Chapter
Spring Hill FFA Chapter
Riverton FFA Chapter

Chapters earning a $500 grant include:

Humboldt FFA Chapter
Minneapolis FFA Chapter
Neodesha FFA Chapter
Northern Valley FFA Chapter
Norton FFA Chapter
Salina Central FFA Chapter

Congratulations to all of the chapters! And, thank you to the Kansas Farm Bureau for their continued support of the Kansas FFA Foundation.

State Safety Contest

The Chapter Safety Awards recognizes FFA chapters who have stepped up to make their communities a safe and educated place. The Kansas Farm Bureau sponsors a plaque for each of the top eight chapters in the safety award area.

The top 10 chapters were recognized on stage at the 81st Kansas FFA Convention and were as follows:
  • Clay Center, 1st
  • Hill City, 2nd
  • Jefferson West, 3rd
  • Axtell, 4th
  • Oakley, 5th
  • Southwestern Heights, 6th
  • Lacrosse, 7th
  • Republic County, 8th

Meet the State Officer Candidates

The Kansas FFA Association is pleased to congratulate the 14 state officer candidates vying for a State FFA Office in 2009. The candidates were interviewed by an appointed committee of former State Officers and Agricultural Education Advisors during the 81st State FFA Convention, held May 26-29, 2009, in Manhattan, Kan.

Candidates are evaluated on their application, a written test, writing exercises and five interview rounds. The interview rounds include one-on-one interviews, delivering a speech, facilitating a workshop, round robin interviews and a personal interview round. Of these 14, six will be chosen to represent the organization for the coming year. The new state officers will be announced on-stage at the State FFA convention, on Friday, May 29. Once elected, the officers will travel across the state informing people about agricultural science education and FFA.

Previous State FFA President Bethany Bohnenblust served as the chair of the nominating committee. "The intense process that these 14 candidates committed themselves to consists of a multitude of scored areas and really revealing themselves to the committee,” Bohnenblust stated. “In the end, the process is all about unveiling how a candidate’s past experiences have influenced and will continue to influence their future behavior."

The State Officer Candidates are:
  • Brandon Callaway of the Girard FFA Chapter
  • Kassie Curran of the Girard FFA Chapter
  • Joshua Hendry of the Riverton FFA Chapter
  • Nellie Hill of the Centre FFA Chapter
  • Kayla Klahr of the Holton FFA Chapter
  • Zach Langford of the Buhler FFA Chapter
  • Courtney Lay of the Caney FFA Chapter
  • Garrett Lister of the Marysville FFA Chapter
  • Sarah Marten of the Arkansas City FFA Chapter
  • Alyson McCall of the Minneapolis FFA Chapter
  • Hannah Miller of the Chapman FFA Chapter
  • Allison Penner of the Clay Center FFA Chapter
  • Nathan Spriggs of the Riverton FFA Chapter
  • Jessica Zimmerman of the Council Grove FFA Chapter

Chapters Recognized for Student Development

The National Chapter Award program recognizes chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Based on a chapter's Program of Activities (POA), chapters are recognized for working in established areas called "quality standards," which are divided into three divisions -- student development, chapter development and community development.

The Kansas chapter performing best in all three division is awarded the Triple Crown award, which will be announced during the Sixth Session on the afternoon of Friday, May 29. The opening session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention recognized the chapters excelling in the area of student development, which are listed below.

Bronze Division
Great Bend FFA Chapter
Pleasanton FFA Chapter
Prairie View FFA Chapter
Spring Hill FFA Chapter
St. Marys FFA Chapter
Stafford FFA Chapter
Tonganoxie FFA Chapter
WaKeeney FFA Chapter
West Elk FFA Chapter

Silver Division
Axtell FFA Chapter
Buhler FFA Chapter
Centre FFA Chapter
Cherryvale FFA Chapter
Doniphan West FFA Chapter
Ellis FFA Chapter
Ell-Saline FFA Chapter
Fort Scott FFA Chapter
Girard FFA Chapter
Hays FFA Chapter
Labette County FFA Chapter
LaCrosse FFA Chapter
Lawrence Free State FFA Chapter
Marion/Florence FFA Chapter
Norton FFA Chapter
Republic County FFA Chapter
Rock Hills FFA Chapter
Russell FFA Chapter
Sabetha FFA Chapter
Smith Center FFA Chapter
South Barber FFA Chapter
Southwestern Heights FFA Chapter
Wamego FFA Chapter
Wellington FFA Chapter

Gold Division
Arkansas City FFA Chapter
Chapman FFA Chapter
Clay Center FFA Chapter
Fredonia FFA Chapter
Hiawatha FFA Chapter
Hill City FFA Chapter
Jefferson West FFA Chapter
Marysville FFA Chapter
Mission Valley FFA Chapter
Neodesha FFA Chapter
Paola FFA Chapter
Riverton FFA Chapter
Southeast of Saline FFA Chapter
Wabaunsee FFA Chapter
Wilson FFA Chapter
Winfield FFA Chapter

Kansas FFA Presents Charters to Three New Chapters

Three new FFA chapters received their charter on Wednesday, May 27, during the first session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention.

Healy, Fairfield and Western Plains FFA chapters will join the other 7,439 FFA chapters, helping to move toward the National FFA Organization’s goal of 10,000 quality FFA chapters by the year 2015.

“It’s really exiting to see that agricultural education is spreading in Kansas, especially with our initiative on the national level to have 10,000 quality chapters by the year 2015,” said Emily Surdez, 2008-09 Kansas FFA president.

The focus of the National FFA Organization's “10 x 15” effort is to create new programs in communities not yet served by agricultural education and FFA, and ensure the quality and high performance of current programs providing personal, academic and career education in agriculture.

Chapters can only be chartered in schools where systematic instruction in agriculture education is offered. To receive their charter, each chapter must submit a letter of application, a list of their members and officers, a copy of the proposed local chapter constitution and bylaws, a copy of their program of activities, as well as have paid current district, state and national dues.