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.
Lindy Billberry, Garden City FFA, was recognized as the top individual in the Creed Speaking Career Development Even, with Talara Renfroe, Labette County FFA, placing second; Jody Bargary, Tonganoxie FFA, placing third; and Ciara Houlton, Stafford FFA, placing fourth.
The Clay Center FFA was honored as the top team in the Ag Issues CDE and the Mission Valley FFA took home top honors in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. The Paola FFA was recognized as the top chapter in the Career Development Events Sweepstakes. Washington County FFA was second, followed by Labette County FFA, Linn FFA and Louisburg FFA.
All members in attendance were inspired by the message delivered by kick-off speaker Jeff Yalden, renowned speaker and author, who has appeared in the MTV reality show, MADE. Yalden challenged the members to find their purpose in life.
Following the session, members enjoyed FFA Night at Manhattan Town Center with pizza and dancing.
Earlier in the day, members attended the Ninth Annual Convention Career Show and interacted with agribusinesses and other professionals to learn more about their future opportunities after high school graduation.
Convention continues tomorrow with recognition of the 42 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 and distinguished service award will be recognized. Thursday evening convention attendees will hear from author and TV host Josh Shipp.