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Friday, June 1, 2012

Kansas FFA recognizes members, elects new leaders in final day of 84th Kansas FFA Convention

2012-2013 Kansas FFA Officers

Inspired members filled McCain for the last day of the 84th Kansas FFA Convention. Several members waited anxiously in audience to hear of their fate of their run for the Triple Crown, State Star and State Office.


Fifth Session
Members listened closely as Sentinel Cole Smith gave his retiring address entitled “Cowboy Up” and proved its truth.

After the presentation of the Kansas FFA Foundation Board of Trustees was recognized, Kansas FFA welcomed Rodd Whitney from Monsanto for special remarks. Then, 252 State Degree Recipients were recognized on stage for their mile stone accomplishment with in the association. Shea Carver, from Winfield FFA, won the John Deere Gator 625iXUV.

Andrew Strasburg, chairman of the Nominating Committee reported the 2012-2013 State Officer Slate. Each slated candidate was then given their turn to present their speech to the audience of FFA members and voting delegates.

Sixth Session
The State FFA Band and Chorus filled McCain with their sweet music and melodies during there encore performances. All members thanked the Kansas FFA Foundation Sponsors for their generosity before President Jordan Pieschl retired with his motivating and catchy address, “Unfinished”.

Chapman FFA recieved the coveted Triple Crown. The “Stars Over Kansas” pageant continued with the announcement of the 2012 State Stars.

All members were on the edge of their seats as President Jordan Pieschl read the names of the newly elected 2012-2013 Kansas FFA State Officers. The 2011-2012 Officers were officially retired and thanked one last time by the members of Kansas FFA for their dedication to the FFA. After the installment of the new officers, President Jordan Pieschl took the podium to present the closing remarks and adjourned the 84th Kansas FFA Convention.

Congrats to all winners and officers during this years convention. See you all next year!

2012-2013 Kansas State FFA Officer Team Announced

Kansas FFA members elected their 2012-2013 State FFA Officer team at the 84th Kansas FFA Convention May 30- June 1 on the Kansas State University campus.


The team includes:
  • President: Emily Beneda, Wilson FFA
  • Vice President: Glendolyn Neely, Humboldt FFA
  • Secretary: Chelsey Smith, Hays FFA
  • Treasurer: Kayla Clapp, Caney FFA
  • Reporter: Justin Haun, Fredonia FFA
  • Sentinel: Denver Johnston, Anderson County 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.

Oakley FFA member earns State Star in Agribusiness

A member from the Oakley FFA Chapter received one of the state’s top honors for excellence in his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Ethan Schwarz was named the Kansas FFA Star Farmer June 1 at the 84th Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.


Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes the three members with the top SAE programs in the state with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Ag Placement awards. Each winner received $250, and their parents and FFA advisors are each awarded the Honorary State FFA Degree. The State Star in Agribusiness award is sponsored by ICM, Inc.


Schwarz was first selected as the Northwest FFA District’s Star Farmer, becoming eligible as a state finalist. He competed against three other district winners.


Schwarz’ award winning SAE is in Forage Production. He runs a custom haying operation in Logan County. In the spring, he cuts and bales smooth bromegrass on the highway right-of-ways and sells it to horse and livestock owners. Additionally, he cuts and bales grass waterways, wheat straw, grainless sorghum, and milo stalks. So far this year, he has put up 300 acres. He recently purchased a new Hesston baler with net wrapping capability and hopes this will bring in new customers and expand his business. His advice to young FFA members looking to start their own business is to persevere through the hard times and to never quit.


Schwarz is the son of Jerome Schwarz and Michelle Ruth. His advisor is Glen Good.

Washington County FFA member earns State Star in Ag Placement

A member from the Washington County FFA Chapter received one of the state’s top honors for excellence in his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Nathan Doss was named the Kansas FFA Star in Ag Placement June 1 at the 84th Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.


Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes the three  members with the top SAE programs in the state with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Ag Placement awards. Each winner received $250, and their parents and FFA advisors are each awarded the Honorary State FFA Degree. The Star in Ag Placement award is sponsored by the Kansas Farm Bureau.


Doss was first selected as the North Central FFA District’s Star in Ag Placement, becoming eligible as a state finalist. He competed against the six other district winners.


Doss’ winning SAE is in Swine Production. For the past five years, he has worked a 2500 head farrow to finish hog operation. His responsibilities have widely expanded through the years. His tasks now encompass artificial inseminatio of the sows, vaccinating new liters, feeding, and farrowing, just to name a few. He will be attending Kansas State University this fall and will be working at the Swine Research Unit. Upon graduation, Doss hopes to continue working in the swine industry.


Doss in the son of Justin and Jennifer Hill. His advisor is John Kern.

Chapman FFA member earns State Star Farmer

A member from the Chapman FFA Chapter received one of the state’s top honors for excellence in his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Greg Harris was named the Kansas FFA Star Farmer June 1 at the 84th Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.


Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes the three  members with the top SAE programs in the state with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Ag Placement awards. Each winner received $250, and their parents and FFA advisors are each awarded the Honorary State FFA Degree. The Star Farmer award is sponsored by United Bank and Trust.

Harris was first selected as the North Central FFA District’s Star Farmer, becoming eligible as a state finalist. He competed against the six other district winners.


Harris’ award winning SAE is in Diversified Agriculture Production. His operation consists of 250 acres of wheat, milo, soybeans and corn. Additionally, he maintains 40 head of cattle on native grass pasture during the summer months. He formerly raised a small flock of sheep, which he sold to his sister so that she may develop the flock as her SAE project. Harris says that his SAE has taught him to not be surprised by anything, from crop prices to bad weather, in the farming industry.

His says his proudest achievement was earning the National FFA Proficiency Award in Diversified Crop Production. Harris is currently studying Agricultural Technology Management at Kansas State University.


Harris is the son of Kevin and Rosemary Harris. His advisors are Trenton Horn and Walter Pitts.

Chapman FFA wins Triple Crown, state’s top honor

The Chapman FFA Chapter received the prestigious Triple Crown award on Friday, June 1st at the final session of the 84th Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.


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


Chapman 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: Wilson, second; Arkansas City FFA third; Riverton FFA, fourth; and Hiawatha FFA, fifth.

Jordan Pieschl delivers state presidents retiring address

"Unfinished"
            It was a Sunday afternoon, and my grandpa and I were on a mission to complete a task that required the upmost concentration, the skill of a master, and some intense strategy. We were… completing a puzzle. Again. My grandpa is the puzzle king. It seemed like every time we went to my grandparents house I would find myself in his work room, helping, or rather watching, him complete yet another 5,000-plus piece puzzle. And, every time, before grandpa had time to put those final puzzle pieces in place, there would be my parents, telling me it was time to head home. I never have seen those puzzles completely finished.

2011-2012 Kansas FFA State Officer team finish their year of service

The 2011-12 Kansas FFA State Officer team completed their year of service today with the conclusion of the 84th Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus. The team presented workshops and speeches challenging high school students to serve their community and “I Believe” in the spirit of this year’s convention theme.

Outgoing officers include President Jordan Pieschl, Ell-Saline FFA; Vice President Alexis Wingerson, Smith Center FFA; Secretary Kurt Lockwood, Caney FFA, Treasurer Justine Dlabal, Wilson FFA, Reporter Nathan Laudan, Paola FFA; and Sentinel Cole Smith, Plainville FFA.

After being elected in June 2011, the team spent the past year traveling across the state sharing their passion for leadership, service and agriculture.

All six are students at Kansas State University. This fall, Pieschl will be a sophomore, dual majoring in animal science and industry and agriculture communications and journalism, Wingerson will be a junior in horticulture, Dlabal will be a sophomore in elementary education, Lockwood will be a sophomore in agricultural education, Laudan will be a sophomore dual majoring in agricultural communications and journalism and food science and industry, and Smith will be a sophomore in animal science and industry.

State Officer Slate Announced


Andrew Strasburg, immediate past State FFA President and member of the Nominating Commitee announced the slate for 2012-2013 State Officers during the fifth session of the 84th Kansas FFA Convention.

The slate is as follows:


For the Office of Sentinel:
Denver Johnston, Anderson County
Evan Woodbury, West Franklin


For the Office of Reporter:
Justin Haun, Fredonia
Andrea Mattas, Wilson


For the Office of Treasurer:
Kayla Clapp, Caney
Alexis Coberly, Chapman


For the Office of Secretary:
Arika Haresnape, Smith Center
Chelsey Smith, Hays


For the Office of President:
Emily Beneda, Wilson
Glendolyn Neely, Humboldt


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

John Deere Gator Winner

Shea Carver, Winfield FFA, was the winner of the drawing for
the John Deere Gator 625iXUV during the fifth session.
Congratulations to Shea Carver, Winfield FFA, winner of a John Deere Gator 625iXUV.

Cooper was one of 10 finalists randomly drawn Thursday night during the fourth session. To qualify for the drawing, members must have submitted an application for the American or State FFA Degree, Agriscience fair, Agri-Entrepreneurship award, or must have been a proficiency winner or District Star winner.

Thanks to our sponsors who made the Gator giveaway possible:
  • American Implement Inc., Garden City, KS
  • Bucklin Tractor & Implement Co. Inc., Bucklin, KS
  • Carrico Implement Co. Inc., Beloit, KS
  • Concordia Tractor Inc., Concordia, KS
  • Great Bend Farm Equipment, Great Bend, KS
  • Hiawatha Implement Co. Inc., Hiawatha, KS
  • Heritage Tractor Inc., Baldwin City, KS
  • Keating Tractor & Equipment Inc., Liberal, KS
  • O'Malley Equipment Co. Inc., Independence, KS
  • O'Malley Implement Co. Inc., Pittsburg, KS
  • PrairieLand Partners Inc., Hutchinson, KS
  • John Deere Agriculture & Turf Division, Lenexa, KS

State Degree Recipients Awarded


The Kansas FFA Association bestowed the State FFA Degree on 252 members from across the state this morning at the 5th Session of the 84th 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:

East Central
Seth Hermreck.............................Anderson County
Blake Howey
Brayden Miller
Amanda Nelson
Brandon Parks
Stephany Petersilie
Paige Porter
Cheyanne Ratliff
Megan Schuster
Brianna Sobba
Tyler Stifter
Jason Stoneking
Eric Tastove
Dakota Welsh
Clay Yoder
Leah Yoder
Dana Schulz......................................Central Heights
Amber Thompson
Lacey Gabriel..................................................Eudora
Chelsea Rohr
Isaac Smoots
Megan L. Deer.................................... Jayhawk Linn
Landon Gibbens
Emma Jo Hargrove
Tyler C. Jenkins
Brenna Christine Johanning
Tess Reann Murrow
John Jacob Rowe
Cody Sunderland
Cheyenne Patton..................... Lawrence Free State
Derek A. Wilson.............Marais des Cygnes Valley
Dayton Allen......................................Mission Valley
Kylie Blythe
Jake Rutledge
Brock Chartier................................................Ottawa
Shelby Fergusen
Ty Lutz
Hunter Peoples
Kaylyn Rumford
Morgan S. Gilliland........................................... Paola
Natalie S. Hill
Alyssa James
Faith M. Johnson
Sarah J. Jones
Sam Knauss
Tyler Nelson
Zachary Archer......................................Prairie View
Mariah Masoner
Morgan Newberry
Samantha Owens
Bryce Shideler
Melanie Sommer
Miranda Spencer
Jonathon Wright
Ronnie Sullivan........................................ Spring Hill
Evan Woodbury..................................West Franklin
North Central
Emily Harris...................................................Abilene
Janay Wilson
Douglas Apley..........................................Blue Valley
Brad Fiegener
Eli Sheppard
Jessica Sumerour
Alexis Coberly............................................Chapman
Ryan Coulson
Meghan Dalton
Alex Diercks
Greg Harris
Allen Jerry Carlson................................Clay Center
Tyler K. Cates..............................................Ell-Saline
Levi Chermak
Cain Fouard
Clay Gorrell
Monika Grant
Faith Rasmussen
Dina Veronica Lyne.............................Minneapolis
Michelle Lynne Cottenmyre........Republic County
Bret A. Filipi
Stetson Lee Junek
Bryce Pachta
Travis Boyles.............................................Rock Hills
Gabriel Pahls
Landon James Reed
Nathan Saint
Zachary Spiegel
Lindsey Underwood
Claire Emily Bokelman..........Washington County
Amanda Marie Bryant
Nathaniel L. Doss
Austin Durst
JoLynn Hennerberg
Shelby Hynek
Samantha L’Ecuyer
Makaela Miller
Korey John Welch
Northeast
Erik Cummings..........................Atchinson County
Tara Ellerman
Samuel Fischer..................................................Axtell
Austin Schmitz
Tyler Diveley....................................Doniphan West
Derek Gibson
Aaron Halling
Dylan A. Wood
Jay Brintnall.................................................Hiawatha
Levi Lehmkuhl
Shane Meenen
Garrett Holaday..............................................Holton
Shannon Maxwell
Cortney Parry
Jacob Yingst
Rachelle Marie Coe........................ Jackson Heights
Shelby Bargmann.....................................Marysville
Katie Jo Parks
Maggie Schotte
Adeline Wassenburg
Levi Berger.........................................Valley Heights 
NorthwestBlake Bergling................................................Atwood
Summer Castens
Damian Kogl
Marcus Portschy
Jason Sis
Gabrial J. Skolout
Abbey Wolters
Beth Augustine....................................................Ellis
Samantha Nickelson....................................Hill City
Robert J. Ellis...................................................Norton
Wyatt Wentz
Ethan Schwarz................................................Oakley
Tanner Aherin.......................................Phillipsburg
Jordan Moubry...............................................Russell
Darian Allen.........................................Smith Center
Brett George
Arika Haresnape
Brandon J. Mace
Orin Carlson................................................Stockton
Audrey N. Green
Paige Kriley
Taylor R. Russ

South Central
Karley McFadyen................................Arkansas City
Ellen Walker
Joely Bartel........................................................Buhler
Taylor Bruce
Brandon Bryan
Cassidy Bryant
Jadyn Garcia
Abigail Lechtenberg
Kaleb McNish
Layne Pankratz
Nathan Pitts
Troy Richert
Brian Burhoop.................................................Centre
Carrie Carlson
Theo Kassebaum
Aaron W. Ewy...............................................Fairfield
Steven Craig Knoche
Clark Kroupa.................................Marion-Florence
Conner Stucky...............................................Newton
Peter Wild
Zachary Goodwin...........................Peabody-Burns
Nicholas Morgan
Colten Dvorak......................................South Haven
Tyler Davis....................................................Winfield
Shaily Harshbarger
Cassie Homan
Colby Ryan Kromminga
Samuel Solomon
Southeast
Kyle Travis.....................................Altoona-Midway
Madison Mariah McKinzi Fields......Caney Valley
Aspen Nicole Gustus
Melanie Kaye Lee..................................Caney Valley
Curtis Hewlett..........................................Cherryvale
Cody O’Brien
Hayleigh Passauer
Trey Smedley
Cheyenne Trout
Michaela Allen..........................................Coffeyville
Darrin M. Bentley
Leslie D. Bliss
Grace Cox (Katie Garitey)
Alyssa Hope Moore..................................Coffeyville
Wade A. Sallee
Katelyn J. West
Judith Willis
Makayla King............................................Columbus
Sammy Jo Perry
Rachelle Roth
MaKayla LaRue.....................................................Erie
Brent Lehenbauer
Kaitlyn Lanette Shultz
Laine Parks.................................................Fort Scott
Frank Scott
Dillon Weddle
Codi Winningham
Natalie Wolf
Abigail Jacklyn Baker..................................Fredonia
Justin Rope Haun
Esther McCabe
Kenzie Curran..................................................Girard
Lauren Davied
Austin Egbert
Briston Lynne Kapler
Kaytlyn Lewis
Klay O’Brien
James Spieth
Anissa Zagonel
Glendolyn Neely.......................................Humboldt
Brittnee Albertson...........................Labette County
Jennifer Kaye Nelson
Kaitlyn Rash
Allie Reynolds
Conner Leon Traxson
Zach Louk......................................Marmaton Valley
Ethan Honeycutt.........................................Riverton
Elizabeth Mercer
Julia Miner
Amelia Shuler
Keaton McCracken........................................St. Paul
Carly Newberry
Shawlisa Pollman
Trenton Wood
Brenton Esslinger...................................Uniontown
Cole George
Nikki Harris
Zak Hueston
Clayton Nading
Luke Bellar....................................................West Elk
Bobbie Julian
Southwest
Kevin Ball..................................Hodgeman County
Callie Marie Anna Noll
Garrett Ochs
Austin D. Vieux
Shane Bennett.............................................Holcomb
Brice Elliott
Billy Hobbs
Jenna Jarnagin
Ashlee Larrick
Eli Mangels
Madisen Sater
Nichole Seibel
Emilee Stegman
Lance Stucky
Brendan Thomas
Jackson Turner
John Baehler.................................................Hugoton
Dalton Hawk
Kathryn Clawson............................................Satanta
Kurtis Clawson
Skyler Glenn...............................................Scott City
Kate Hagans.......................................Western Plains

State Agriscience Fair winners announced


Animal Systems
 
Division I – Individual Grades 7-9
Shea Carver-Winfield FFA – Factors Affecting Mineral Consumption
       
Division II – Individual Grades 10-12
Erin Watt-Winfield FFA– Do Different Brands of Eartags Affect Tag Retention                                                                                                       
Division III – Team Grades 7-9
John Mackey and Zane Brazle-Winfield FFA– Factors affecting Feeder Cattle Price                                                                             
Division IV – Team Grades 10-12
Cassandra Sponsel and Caleb Tatro-Southwestern Heights FFA– Poultry Weight Gain
Taylor Reynolds and Skylar Younkman-Holcomb FFA– Protein in chickens and the rate of gain

Environmental Services/Natural Resources Systems

Division IV – Team Grades 10-12
Krista Sudbeck and Erica Schmitz-Hiawatha FFA– Knowing our town’s Nitrates

Food Products and Processing Systems

Division IV – Team Grades 10-12                                                                             
Ashley Pearce & Lane Paris-Southwestern Heights FFA– Effects of Marinades on Beef
                                                                  
Andrea Mattas & Ashley Templeton-Wilson FFA– Strawberries, Pears, Mold, Oh My!
                                                        
Plant Systems

Division II – Individual Grades 10-12
Scotty Jackson-Coffeyville FFA– Soil Media Effects on Hydroponic Growth
                                                                                                                   
Division III – Team Grades 7-9
Kylee Wollard and Natacha NamphengsoneWinfield – The Effect of a Nicotine Insecticide on Tomato Plants
                                                       
Division IV Teams Grades 10-12                                          
Shaily Harshbarger and Cassie Homan-Winfield FFA– Accuracy of Cut-Flower Preservatives
                                                                      
Social Systems

Division I – Individual Grades 7-9
Jacie Butler-Southwestern Heights FFA– Achoo!  The Truth About Swine Flu