Wednesday, June 1, 2011

83rd Kansas FFA Convention kicks off with inspirational messages, CDEs, career fair

The first day of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention featured an opportunity for high school students to explore potential careers; recognition of student success in the FFA creed speaking, agricultural issues and parliamentary procedure career development events; and a challenge to members from former national FFA officer and agriculture instructor Barrett Keene.

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.

Kevin Lewis, Centre FFA, was recognized as the top individual in the Creed Speaking Career Development Event, with Reece Hiebert, Goessel FFA, placing second; Alex Ptacek, Russell FFA, placing third; and Taylor Oliver, Garden City FFA, placing fourth.

The Arkansas City FFA was honored as the top team in the Ag Issues CDE and the Winfield FFA took home top honors in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. The first-ever state leadership quiz bowl was won by the Girard FFA. The Labette County FFA was recognized as the top chapter in the Career Development Events Sweepstakes. Paola FFA was second, followed by Louisburg FFA, Buhler FFA and Caney FFA.

All members in attendance were inspired by the message delivered by kick-off speaker Barrett Keene. Keene is a former national FFA officer and agriculture instructor from Florida.

Following the session, members enjoyed FFA Night at Manhattan Town Center with pizza and dancing.

Earlier in the day, members attended the 10th 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 41 proficiency award winners who were selected for accomplishing specific career goals in their supervised agricultural experience 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 keynote speaker Patrick Maurer.

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