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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Students, Teams succeed in Career Development Events

Congratulations to the FFA members and chapters who here honored for their success in CDE’s and other competitive events during the first two days of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention.

Winners were recognized on stage as follows:
  • Prepared Public Speaking: Mckenzie Gee, Stafford FFA
  • Extemporaneous Public Speaking: Lindy Billberry, Garden City FFA
  • Creed Speaking: Kevin Lewis, Centre FFA
  • Ag Issues: Arkansas City
  • Quiz Bowl: Girard
  • Parliamentary Procedure: Winfield
  • Job Interview: Alexis Coberly, Chapman
Congratulations, and good luck at National Convention!

FFA Supporters Recognized with Honorary State FFA Degrees, VIP Award

Longtime supporters and friends of the Kansas FFA were recognized during the Fourth Session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention.

Receiving the Honorary State FFA Degree:

  • Ben Cherry, RiverStar Farms, Mercedes, Texas
  • Dick Rae, RiverStar Farms, Mercedes, Texas
  • Bill Harlan, Manhattan, Kan.
  • Linda Chase, Wellington, Kan.
Alva Burch was also recognized with the VIP Award. Burch is retiring as the agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Holcomb High School after 40 years of teaching.

Scholarships Awarded

Members from across the state were awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships during today's Third Session.

View a list of all the scholarship recipients.

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.

Kassie Curran gives state vice president's retiring address


Kassie Curran, state FFA vice president, Girard FFA, delivered her retiring address, "Live Your Life," during the fourth session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention on June 2.

24—a number that can be connected to a TV drama series, my softball number when I was 8, the number of carats in pure gold, Kobe Bryant’s Lakers jersey number, or more commonly and most importantly as the number of hours in a day. Ultimately we all have just 24 hours to live our lives each day. Sleep, school, sports practice, practice for an upcoming CDE, work, cruise Main Street for a while, a little TV time, and a list of chores a mile long including dishes, laundry, feeding the animals, and doing homework—a day in the life. How do you spend your time? No matter how many times we say, “I wish I had more time” or “There just aren’t enough hours in a day” we are not going to get anything more than 24 hours. As mentioned in the song “If Today Was Your Last Day,” each day is a gift and not a given right. We have no guarantees of the time we have here on Earth. We cannot wait for tomorrow to begin living our lives, it will be too late! How do we maximize the 24 hours we have today? By living in appreciation, living outside the box, and living above the line we can truly live our lives.

Finalists announced for John Deere Gator drawing

The pool of Kansas FFA members who could leave the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention with a John Deere Gator 625iXUV has been narrowed to 10.

Johanna Ryckert delivers state treasurer's retiring address


Johanna Ryckert, state FFA treasurer, PaolaFFA, delivered her retiring address, "Beyond Your Limits," during the third session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention on June 2.

When I was younger I was a girly girl. I loved wearing humongous hats… big poufy dresses and even liked playing with barbies. Movies like Thumbelina and Beauty and the Beast were among some of my all time favorites. And if everything were pink or purple that was just fine with me. But there was one problem… I had no other girls to play with. All my cousins were boys and Rich was a brother… not a sister. Life was rough as the only girl. The boys just never understood where I was coming from or wanted to do the things that I wanted. At our Granddad’s 80th birthday party they locked me in a closet because I couldn’t keep up with them; breaking free I loudly complained to the entire party that “My life was over.” This was just one example of how brutal the boys were to me.

Anthony Meals gives state secretary's retiring address


Anthony Meals, state FFA secretary, Clay Center FFA, delivered his retiring address, "Lost?" during the second session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention on June 2.

There is only one piece of equipment that makes it on all top ten survival lists. The item can cost anywhere from ten dollars at Wal-Mart to over $100 at a specialty outdoor equipment store. It tells us where we need to go, redirects us if we get lost, and it is never wrong. There are plenty of stories out there about how it has saved the life of a lost hiker or an overzealous bushwhacker. That piece of equipment is the compass.