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Friday, June 4, 2010

2010-2011 Kansas FFA State Officers Elected

Kansas FFA members elected their 2010- 2011 State FFA Officer team at the 82nd Kansas FFA Convention June 2-4 on the Kansas State University campus.

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The team includes

  • President Andrew Strasburg, Fredonia FFA
  • Vice President Kassie Curran, Girard FFA
  • Secretary Anthony Meals, Clay Center FFA
  • Treasurer Johanna Ryckert, Paola FFA
  • Reporter Sara Schifferdecker, Girard FFA
  • Sentinel Jeff Cather, Chaparral FFA

As State FFA Officers, they will travel across the state sharing their passion for leadership, service and agriculture. Together, they will present workshops and conferences challenging FFA members to serve their community and the agriculture industry.

2009-2010 Kansas FFA Officers Recognized for Year of Service

The 2009-2010 Kansas FFA State Officer team has completed their term after leading the 82nd Kansas FFA Convention June 2-4 on the Kansas State University campus. After being elected in May 2009, the team has traveled the state this past year presenting workshops and speeches challenging high school students to serve their community and “Lead Out Loud”in the spirit of this year’s convention theme.

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The team consisted of President Garrett Lister, Marysville FFA; Vice President Nellie Hill, Centre FFA; Secretary Allison Penner, Clay Center FFA, Treasurer Hannah Miller, Chapman FFA, Reporter Alyson McCall, Minneapolis FFA; and Sentinel Zach Langford, Buhler FFA.

All six are students at Kansas State University. Lister and Miller will be a sophomores in agricultural economics, Hill and Langford will be a junior and sophomore, respectively, in agricultural education, Penner will be a sophomore in pre-medicine, McCall will be a junior in animal sciences in the fall.

The officers were presented with retiring officer plaques by the Kansas FFA Alumni Association during the closing session of the convention. Kansas FFA members appreciate the dedication of the 2009-2010 officer team to the FFA organization and the agriculture industry.

Washington County, Doniphan West FFA Members Win State Star Awards

Washington County FFA members, Tyler Rose and Alex Goeckel, and Doniphan West FFA member Kayla Schmitz were awarded the state’s top honors of Kansas FFA Star Farmer, Star in Ag Placement, and Star in Agribusiness, respectively. They were honored during Friday's final session of the 82nd Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.

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Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes three FFA members who have the top Supervised Agricultural Experience programs with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agriculture Placement awards.

Garrett Lister presents his retiring address, "Roads"

State FFA President Garrett Lister presented his retiring address, "Roads" during the closing session of the 82nd Kansas FFA Convention.

It’s a warm summer day, heading down the road, just me and my truck, windows down, a Garth Brooks CD playing and a bag of sunflower seeds in my cup holder. Free to go down any road I choose to arrive at any destination, there is no limit to where I can go when I have a full tank of gas and a key in the ignition. I remember spending the early years of my life dreaming of the day that I would get my license and be free to hit that open road. When I first learned to drive, it was short trips down gravel roads where there was no traffic; just trying to make sure I had control of the vehicle. Later, I grew in my abilities, I was able to control the truck, had learned how to use my blinkers and even the windshield wipers on rainy days. I was able to drive down the brick streets of my home town. Finally, after learning the lessons these streets had to offer, I was ready to begin driving on the highways to show off my skills to the world. Each of us is learning something similar to this. We may not be physically driving down any road, or working to obtain any license, but progressing toward an end goal, building our character, and in so doing determining where our lives will end up. Our choices steer us down many different roads, and in many directions and in the end determine our character. To build our character we must take the time to build a solid foundation, grow to reach our potential and give back. If we take the right turns, and the right roads we will build a good character to be good people and make a difference.

Wilson FFA Chapter Wins the Triple Crown

6-04-2010_262The Wilson FFA Chapter received the prestigious Triple Crown award at the final session of the 82nd Kansas FFA Convention Friday on the Kansas State University campus.

The Triple Crown award is given to the FFA chapter that performs the best in the National Chapter Award program, which recognizes chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization in three separate divisions: Student Development, Chapter Development and Community Development. Awards are given in each of these three areas in the divisions of bronze, silver and gold. Chapters in the gold division qualify as finalists for the Triple Crown

Wilson FFA will receive $300 and the Garlow Memorial Trophy, which is sponsored by the Bill Garlow Family in memory of past Kansas FFA officer Bob Garlow.

Runners-up were as follows: Clay Center FFA, second; Girard FFA, third; Riverton FFA, fourth; and Hiawatha FFA, fifth.

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Kansas FFA Association would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those who make what we do possible. Our conferences, developmental programs and functioning of the association would not be possible with the support of our generous sponsors. It is because of you that FFA members are able to develop into young passionate leaders of the agricultural industry. Thank you for everything that you give.

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Kansas FFA Bestows State Degree on 226 Members

Kansas FFA awarded 226 students from across the state with the prestigious State FFA Degree on Friday at the 82nd Kansas FFA State Convention on the Kansas State University campus.

The State Degree is the highest honor the Kansas Association can bestow upon its members. In order to achieve this award members must meet the following requirements: have received their Chapter FFA Degree, been an FFA member and agricultural education student for at least two years, earned at least $2,000 or worked 600 hours in their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, given a six minute speech about agriculture or FFA, participated in eight different leadership activities and received a “C” average or better in high school and shown a record of outstanding leadership and community involvement.

View the complete list of recipients after the jump.

Alyson McCall presents her retiring address, "Making It Real"

State FFA Vice President Alyson McCall, from the Minneapolis FFA Chapter, presented her retiring address, "Making it Real" Friday morning, during the fifth session of the 82nd Kansas FFA Convention.

“Can we go outside and play now?” I agreed to my little sister, Addy’s request and we headed outside. On our way out the door, we started creating our pretend scene. The driveway that wrapped around our shed and led to the corrals would be lined with houses, creating our small city neighborhood. The concrete slab would serve as a bakery, school, and our house. The cinderblocks stacked on one side of the slab were ovens for the large rocks of “bread” we collected from the driveway. I was the baker and Addy had a newspaper route before she headed to school, where I also conveniently served as the teacher. It seems a little crazy now in one game of pretend, I could be a baker, business owner, and teacher, but in the imaginary world, anything is possible. As children, our dreams had no limits. We imagined things and created them in real life to the best of our abilities. We could be anything we wanted: a cowboy, Power Ranger, baker, teacher, bus driver, or the next Reba McEntire. Somewhere between the days of pretend and the present day, many of us have lost sight of our ability to make our dreams happen. So maybe seeing myself as the next Reba was a little far-fetched. And I probably couldn’t be a baker and a teacher at the same time. But in my pretend world, I could chase any dream I wanted. Is chasing our dreams impossible without this childhood game? So what if our dreams seemed unrealistic and near impossible? The facts never slowed us down before. Today, we still have the ability to make anything happen. But for some reason, we are often incapable of acting out our dreams. What good does it do us to dream big if we just let our dreams sit in our heads? Dreams were meant to be chased, so creating our dreams in reality is a must. Chasing our dreams means stepping out, overcoming our fears, and refusing to settle.

Nominating Committee Announces Slate for 2010-2011 State Officers

Emily Surdez, past state FFA officer and member of the Nominating Commitee announced the slate for 2010-2011 State Officers during the fifth session of the 82nd Kansas FFA Convention.

The slate is as follows:

For the Office of Sentinel:
Jeff Cather, Chaparral, and Alisa Wendelburg, Stafford

For the Office of Reporter:
Sara Schifferdecker, Girard, and Jordan Hildebrand, Stafford

For the Office of Treasurer:
Kelsey Harris, Jackson Heights, and Johanna Ryckert, Paola

For the Office of Secretary:
Anthony Meals, Clay Center, and Jerred McKee, Chaparral

For the Office of President:
Kassie Curran, Girard, and Andrew Strasburg, Fredonia

Delegates will cast their ballots and the winners will be announced this afternoon during the final session.

Alex Hajek, Centre FFA, wins John Deere Gator

Congratulations to Alex Hajek of Centre FFA, winner of the John Deere Gator 620iXUV.

Hajek was one of 10 finalists randomly drawn Thursday night during the fourth session. To qualify for the drawing, members must have submitted an application for the American or State FFA Degree, Agriscience fair, Agri-Entrepreneurship award, or must have been a proficiency winner or District Star winner.

Nellie Hill presents her retiring address, "I Was Here"

Nellie Hill, State FFA Vice President, from the Centre FFA Chapter, presented her retiring address during the fourth session of the 82nd Kansas FFA Convention.

Alright, time for English! Oh look, Julie left her planner. Birthday, April 27th, April 27th. Ah! Here it is. Better use my feathered purple gel pen. Nellie…Was…Here. Beautiful!

My mini masterpieces were easily recognized by this super sweet, feathered purple gel pen and my hybrid print and cursive handwriting. Both of which I used on every important document. Sometimes my friends and I even spelled was W-U-Z, cause you know we were too cool to spell correctly. These marks I left let my friends know where I had been, like the smoke from an accidental science experiment explosion or the streaks left on the gym floor after wearing the wrong shoes to P.E.