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Thursday, June 3, 2010

82nd Kansas FFA Convention Continues with Student Recognition, Dynamic Messages and Talent Showcase

The second day of the 82nd Kansas FFA Convention was packed with celebrating the success of individuals and teams throughout the past year; recognizing the significant contributions made by our Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service recipients; and listening to influential messages shared by National FFA Secretary, Bethany Bohnenblust and by dynamic motivational speaker Josh Shipp.
Second Session
McCain Auditorium was filled with enthusiastic members for the second session which recognized the 2009 American Degree Recipients. The top 10 individuals and top 5 chapters in the Leadership Information Test were announced. The National Chapter Awards for Community Development were presented to chapters in the bronze, silver and gold divisions.
The Agri-Entrepreneurship Education Program is designed to increase the amount of entrepreneurship being taught in local agriculture programs across the country.  The top individual was announced in the Agri-Entrepreneurship Education Program. In addition, chapter success was acknowledged through Safety Awards and Kansas Farm Bureau Community Grants

Kansas native and 2009-2010 National FFA Secretary, Bethany Bohnenblust shared inspiring words to motive members. 

The first part of the Proficiency Award Ceremony took place to recognize and celebrate the success of members.  Twenty-one members received top honors in their respective proficiency award area. 
Third Session
The third session began Thursday afternoon with a lively performance by the State FFA Convention Chorus, who showed us how to lead out loud through song.

Individual success was again recognized in the second part of the Proficiency Award Ceremony as 21 members were announced in their respective areas. Top individuals in the Job Interview CDE and top chapters in the Scrapbook Awards were announced.
Following the session, delegates attended the Meet the Candidates Session in the K-State Union Little Theater in order to build relationships with the State FFA Officer Candidates.

The State Convention Band held their concert in McCain Auditorium, rocking the house before the fourth session on Thursday evening. 
FOURTH SESSION
The Thursday evening session exemplified what service meant. Honorary State FFA Degree Recipients and the Distinguished Service Recipient were honored for their significant selfless contributions to the Kansas FFA Association. Members were recognized for excelling in communication by announcing the winners of the Extemporaneous Speaking and Prepared Public Speaking CDEs.

National Chapter Awards in Chapter Development were presented to chapters in the bronze, silver and gold divisions.

Motivational speaker, Josh Shipp presented a dynamic message that challenged members live in a way that is above average.
TOMORROW
The final day of convention will kick off tomorrow morning with the Convention Business Session, recognition of student achievement and election of the 2010-2011 State FFA Officers. Friday afternoon will feature the recognition of Kansas FFA Foundation Sponsors, the “Stars over Kansas” Pageant,  presentation of the Triple Crown award and installment of the 2010-2011 Kansas FFA State Officer Team. Following the final session, the Blue & Gold Banquet will be held at the K-State Alumni Center for convention volunteers, State Stars, retiring and newly elected state officers as well as their families. 

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