Wednesday, May 30, 2012

84th Kansas FFA State Convention Kick off with CDEs, Career Fair, and inspirational messages

Motivational speaker Kyle Scheele speaks to
FFA members about living out their own adventures and
taking charge to write their own life stories.

The first day of the 84th 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 .

The opening session welcomed Kansas FFA members, advisors and guests to Manhattan and announced the first of many individual and team honors that will be granted to members during the week.

Kevin Lewis, Centre FFA, was recognized as the top individual in the Creed Speaking Career Development Event, with , Lane Coberly, Chapman FFA, placing second; Meredith Reitmeier, Labette County FFA, placing third; and Nellie Kassebaum, Centre FFA, placing fourth.

The Springhill FFA was honored as the top team in the Ag Issues CDE and the Holton FFA took home top honors in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. The Labette County FFA Chapter won the Leadership Quiz bowl finals over Girard FFA. The Labette County FFA was recognized as the top chapter in the Career Development Events Sweepstakes. Louisburg FFA was second, followed by Paola  FFA, Buhler FFA and Winfield FFA.

All members in attendance were challenged by the message to tell better life stories with their lives delivered by kick-off speaker Kyle Scheele. Scheele is from Springfield, MO and lives his life by following his dream of being an inspiring speaker, writer, and youth expert who has challenged thousands of teens across the nation to live better stories.

Following the session, members enjoyed either the FFA Night at Manhattan Town Center with pizza and dancing or the Hypnotist Show by Ray Thompson.

Earlier in the day, members attended the 11th Annual Convention Career Show and interacted with agribusinesses and other professionals to learn more about their future opportunities after high school graduation.

Convention continues tomorrow with recognition of the 41 proficiency award winners who were selected for accomplishing specific career goals in their supervised agricultural experience programs. The top individuals in the prepared and extemporaneous speaking career development events will be announced and the recipients of the honorary degree and distinguished service award will be recognized. Thursday evening convention attendees will hear from keynote speaker Dr. Rick Rigsby.

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