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Friday, June 3, 2011

Kansas FFA recognizes members, elects new leaders in final day of 83rd Kansas FFA Convention

Inspired members fill McCain for the last day of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention. Several members wait anxiously in audience to hear of their fate of their run for the Triple Crown, State Star, and State Office.

2010-11 State Officers conclude year of service to Kansas FFA

The 2010-11 Kansas FFA State Officer team completed their year of service today with the conclusion of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus. The team presented workshops and speeches challenging high school students to serve their community and “Infinite Potential” in the spirit of this year’s convention theme.

2011-12 State FFA Officers Elected

Kansas FFA members elected their 2011-12 State FFA Officer team at the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention June 1-3 on the Kansas State University campus.

The team includes:
  • President: Jordan Pieschl, Ell-Saline FFA
  • Vice President: Alexis Wingerson, Smith Center FFA
  • Secretary: Kurt Lockwood, Caney Valley FFA
  • Treasurer: Justine Dlabal, Wilson FFA
  • Reporter: Nathan Laudan, Paola
  • Sentinel: Cole Smith, Plainville FFA
As State FFA Officers, they will travel across the state sharing their passion for leadership, service and agriculture. Together, they will present workshops and conferences challenging FFA members to serve their community and the agriculture industry.

Outstanding FFA members recognized in Stars Over Kansas Pageant

FFA members were awarded the state’s top honors of Kansas FFA Star Farmer, Star in Ag Placement, and Star in Agribusiness during Friday's final session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.

Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes three FFA members who have the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agriculture Placement awards.
  • Star Farmer: Kaden Rousch, Smith Center FFA
  • Star in Ag Placement: Dalton Black, Buhler FFA
  • Star in Agribusiness: Nicholas Peckman, Paola FFA

Wilson FFA wins Triple Crown for second year in a row

The Wilson FFA Chapter received the prestigious Triple Crown award, for the second year in a row, on Friday at the final session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention.


The Triple Crown award is given to the FFA chapter that performs the best in the National Chapter Award program, which recognizes chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization in three separate divisions: Student Development, Chapter Development and Community Development. Awards are given in each of these three areas in the divisions of bronze, silver and gold. Chapters in the gold division qualify as finalists for the Triple Crown.

Wilson FFA will receive $300 and the Garlow Memorial Trophy, which is sponsored by the Bill Garlow Family in memory of past Kansas FFA officer Bob Garlow.

Runners-up were as follows: Riverton, second; Goessel FFA third; Hill City FFA, fourth; and Ell-Saline FFA, fifth.

Andrew Strasburg gives state president's retiring address

Andrew Strasburg, state FFA president, Fredonia FFA, delivered his retiring address, "Livin' the Life," during the final session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention on June 3.

“I wanna rock.” Thank you Manhattan! You all just witnessed a killer performance. You should know how lucky you are to have a rock star as high caliber as me. The one and only Andrew Strasburg. I have been called a rock legend, idol, world-class performer and superstar. So, I understand people’s fascination with me, that they want to be me, to live my life, drive my car, sleep in my house, and eat my food. I was born to rock and rock is exactly what I do. The fame, the fortune, getting everything I want, my life is the definition of rock.

State Degree Recipients Awarded

The Kansas FFA Association bestowed the State FFA Degree on 207 members from across the state this morning at the 5th Session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention.

The members were awarded the golden charm of the State degree, representing growth and development in their chosen occupations. The charms were sponsored by the Kansas Electric Cooperatives.

View a full list of members awarded the State FFA Degree after the jump:

Kansas FFA thanks sponsors for support

The Kansas FFA Association would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those who make what we do possible. Our conferences, developmental programs and functioning of the association would not be possible with the support of our generous sponsors. It is because of you that FFA members are able to develop into young passionate leaders of the agricultural industry. Thank you for everything that you give.

State Officer Slate Announced

Garrett Lister, immediate past State FFA President and member of the Nominating Commitee announced the slate for 2011-2012 State Officers during the fifth session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention.

The slate is as follows:

For the Office of Sentinel:
Jordan Hildebrand, Stafford FFA
Cole Smith, Plainville FFA

For the Office of Reporter:
Nathan Laudan, Paola FFA
Mckenzie Gee, Stafford FFA

For the Office of Treasurer:
Annelle Chestnut, Clay Center
Justine Dlabal, Wilson

For the Office of Secretary:
Kurt Lockwood, Caney Valley FFA
Amanda Parks, Holcomb FFA

For the Office of President:
Jordan Pieschl, Ell-Saline FFA
Alexis Wingerson, Smith Center FFA

Delegates will cast their ballots and the winners will be announced this afternoon during the final session.

FFA member wins John Deere Gator

Congratulations to Crystal Cooper, Clay Center FFA, winner of a John Deere Gator 625iXUV.

Jeff Cather delivers retiring address as state reporter


Jeff Cather, state FFA reporter, Chaparral FFA, delivered his retiring address, "Work Never Hurt Anyone," during the fifth session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention on June 3.


“Jeff, can you hear me?!” shouts my dad. As I lay in bed, I think to myself, “of course I can hear you Dad, I’m not dead.” It’s 6 o’clock on a Sunday morning and I cannot think of anywhere else I would rather be than my bed. But my dad continues to shake me like he is trying to get the last drop out of an A1 steak sauce bottle. Slowly, I get out of my bed and try to come alive. I struggle to put my contacts in because I can barely open my eyes. I move lethargically around my room as I pull on layers of clothes to stay warm against the -10 degree wind chill. I finally make my way to the garage, put on my boots, and head out the door to make the trip to the farm. There are cattle to feed, fences to check, and ice to break. All before church at 9:30. It is time to work.


FFA Members Share Musical Talents



A select group of FFA members are preparing to lend their musical abilities to entertain the thousands of members and guests at the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention this week on the Kansas State University campus. State Convention Band and Chorus are made up of 34 and 37 members, respectivley

In order to participate in these select ensembles, members were required to submit audition tapes and recommendations from their local music instructors.

The State Convention Chorus, directed by Zac Malcolm, Clay Center Community High School and accompanied by Anne Wicoff, will performed during the third convention session, on Thursday at 2 p.m. Under the direction of Yvonne Colle-Burden, Medicine Lodge High School, and assisted by Kris Brenzikofer, Clay Center Community Middle School, the State Convention Band performed a concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, prior to the fourth convention session. Both groups will present encore performances during the final convention session on today at 2 p.m.

A full list of the State Band and Chorus participants can be found at:
http://www.hpj.com/wsdocs/ffa/news/newsstory.cfm?ID=1210