Thursday, June 2, 2011

Second day of 83rd Kansas FFA Convention filled with awards, music, motivation

Day two of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention came to an end after three exciting sessions of recognizing the successes of chapters and individuals in the past year and listening to the powerful messages from National FFA Vice President, Shannon Norris, and charismatic motivational speaker, Patrick Maurer.

Second Session

Enthusiastic FFA members flooded McCain Auditorium with blue and gold for the second session which announced the 2011 State Officer Candidates. Several chapters were recognized with awards from Kansas Farm Bureau and Farm Credit for their positive impacts on their respective communities.

All were attentive as 2010-2011 State Secretary, Anthony Meals, gave his retiring address, “Lost?”.

The 2010 American Degree recipients were celebrated for their accomplishments and the Kansas Cooperative Testing Travel Awards were presented, along with the the top 10 individuals and top 5 chapters in the Leadership Information Test and KAAE Essay award winners. The top individual Agri-Entrepreneurship Education Program, designed to increase the amount of entrepreneurship being taught in local agriculture programs across the country, was announced.

Forty-one FFA Members walked across the stage as State Proficiency Award Winners from Ag Communications to Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management.

After the session was adjourned, the Extemporaneous and Prepared Speaking Finals were held in the K-State Alumni Center and Proficiency winners enjoyed their award luncheon.

Third Session

Session three hit a high note for FFA members as they listened to the compositions of the FFA State Band and Choir. State Proficiency winners continued to parade the stage, accepting their awards for their their hard work.

Next, retiring State Treasurer, Johanna Ryckert, presented her address to the members “Beyond Your Limits."

Scrapbook records followed, along with Job Interview winners. Shannon Norris, National FFA Vice President took the stage and offered encouragement to members through a fresh and energetic speech.

Several scholarships were awarded to outstanding FFA members by corporations such as Cargill, Ford and National FFA.

After closing, members made their way to meet the State Officer candidates and enjoyed a concert from the State FFA Band.

Fourth Session

FFA members were welcomed by “Live Your Life,” the retiring address of vice president Kassie Curran. The VIP Award was presented before the winning Extemporaneous and Prepared speakers took the stage. Keynote speaker, Patrick Maurer, moved students with his speech and provoked their initiative to take action in their worlds.

Following that, Honorary FFA Degrees were awarded to those few, selfless folks that have made a powerful impact on Kansas FFA and its members.


The last day of the 83rd Convention will kick off at 9 a.m. with the convention business session, recognition of student achievement and election of the 2011-2012 State FFA Officers. Friday afternoon will feature the recognition of Kansas FFA Foundation Sponsors, the “Stars over Kansas” Pageant, presentation of the Triple Crown award and installment of the new Kansas FFA State Officer Team and the retirement of the past State Officer Team. After the sixth session, the Blue & Gold Banquet will be held at the Beach Museum of Art for convention volunteers, State Stars, and retiring and newly elected state officers, as well as their families.

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