Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sixteen Students Vie for State Officer Positions

Sixteen FFA members from across the state are vying for state officer positions this week at the 82nd Kansas FFA State Convention. The candidates complete in an intense process of interviews, tests and public speaking demonstrations throughout the week on the Kansas State University campus.

An appointed nominating committee of former state officers and agricultural education instructors interviews the candidates. The committee will submit its nomination of 10 candidates to the state convention delegates, two members from each of the 140 chapters in the state, on Friday morning. After hearing the candidates present a final, prepared speech, the delegates will elect the six members who will serve as the 2010-2011 state officer team. The new team will be announced and installed at the final session of the convention Friday afternoon.

The committee evaluates the candidates on their applications, a written test, writing exercises and five rounds of interviews. The interview rounds include one-on-one interviews, delivering a speech, facilitating a workshop, round-robin interviews and a personal interview round. Once elected, the officers will travel across the state informing people about agricultural science education and FFA.

The candidates are:
  • Logan Britton, Labette County
  • Brock Burnick, Girard
  • Jeff Cather, Chaparral
  • Kassie Curran, Girard
  • Kelsey Harris, Jackson Heights
  • Trenton Heinen, Lakeside
  • Brandi Herman, Hill City
  • Jordan Hildebrand, Stafford
  • Justin “Quint” Lockwood II, Caney
  • Jerred McKee, Chaparral
  • Anthony Meals, Clay Center
  • Johanna Ryckert, Paola
  • Sara Schifferdecker, Girard
  • Andrew Strasburg, Fredonia
  • Alisa Wendelburg, Stafford
  • Kris Wittman, Council Grove

Learn more about each of the candidates at

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