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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.

Sara Schifferdecker gives state reporter's retiring address


Sara Schifferdecker, state FFA reporter, Girard FFA, delivered her retiring address, "Fuel," during the opening session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention on June 1.

Everyone has a dream car. Some want a shiny new Camero, or maybe an old Mustang. Some want an incredibly fast Viper, or even a flashy Corvette. I wanted a… pickup truck? You know the kind I am talking about: loud, 4-wheel drive, jacked-up, park-on-the-curb type of truck. My love of trucks began long before I was old enough to legally drive. From the age of five, I knew I would be a truck girl. I still distinctly remember the one-ton cherry red dodge ram I created in kindergarten when asked to draw a picture of my dream car. Fourteen years later, I have the same “bigger is better” mentality and rule the road from behind the wheel of an F150 affectionately known as “Betty.” Betty has some pretty cool features, but my favorite is the fact that she is a FlexFuel truck; she can run on regular fuel as well as e-85 ethanol. Her engine is built to use either substance, but there are downfalls to each one. If I fill Betty up with e-85, I pay much less, but my fuel is slightly less efficient. We all know how expensive regular, unleaded fuel is. A tank full of this might require me to sell a kidney, but makes Betty as fuel-efficient as possible. I wish there was a happy medium between the two.

Speech CDE Finalists Announced

Finalists for Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event:
Finals to be held Thursday, 11 a.m., K-State Alumni Center
    • Lindy Bilberry, Garden City
    • Laird Goertzen, Goessel
    • Ryan Coulsen, Chapman
    • Samantha Wagner, Paola
    Finalists for Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event:
    Finals to be held Thursday, 1 p.m., K-State Alumni Center
    • Jody Baragary, Tonganoxie
    • Mckenzie Gee, Stafford
    • Theo Kassebaum, Centre
    • Ali Thurman, South Barber