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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FFA Members Gather for State FFA Convention

Leadership, excellence and student success will take center stage June 2-4 at the 82nd 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, “Lead Out Loud,” reminds us that our youth today have their own language, like LOL, which typically means, “laugh out loud.” FFA members, though, have their own meaning for LOL: Lead Out Loud. FFA positively influences its student members by developing character, work ethic and leadership skills, and prepares us/them for successful careers in agriculture. FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow and excited to share the opportunities the organization holds. The convention 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-two 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 226 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 Garrett Lister, 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 passion and success 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 7,500 Kansas FFA members as 2010-2011 state officers.

The full convention schedule can be found at http://www.hpj.com/wsdocs/ffa//news/newsstory.cfm?ID=1053.  Convention updates, including award winners, will be posted throughout the convention at kansasffaconvention.blogspot.com, and on Twitter, @KansasFFA. Media inquiries should be directed to Shannon Krueger, Convention Media Coordinator, by e‑mailing media@ksffa.org

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