Tuesday, May 31, 2011

FFA Members to Gather in Manhattan for Annual State Convention

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Leadership, excellence and student success will take center stage June 1-3 at the 83rd 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, “Infinite Potential,” reminds members of their own abilities to grow into future leaders in agriculture, their communities and the world. The theme also reflects the numerous opportunities FFA offers students to develop their potential, through Career Development Events, Supervised Agricultural Experience programs, and more.

The convention will come to life as guests listen to the inspiring retiring addresses of the 2010-2011 state FFA officer team and motivational speakers from across the country. Forty-one 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 207 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 three best SAE programs in the state.

“From Kansas FFA beginnings, to 83 years later we continue the tradition of the annual state FFA convention and developing students potential in premier leadership, personal growth and career success,” said Andrew Strasburg, Kansas FFA president and member of the Fredonia FFA Chapter. “This week we celebrate the work and achievements of the 8,000 Kansas FFA members, who are the future leaders of Kansas and of the agriculture industry.”

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 8,000 Kansas FFA members as 2011-2012 state officers. Nineteen candidates from across the state are vying for those six officer positions.

The full convention schedule can be found at Convention updates, including award winners, will be posted throughout the convention at, on Twitter, @KansasFFA and on Facebook at Convention sessions will be streamed live online at Media inquiries should be directed to Shannon Krueger, Convention Media Coordinator, by e‑mailing or calling (785) 479-1633.

The Kansas FFA Association is a part of the National FFA Organization, a national youth organization of 506,199 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,429 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit for more information.

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