Thursday, May 30, 2013

85th Kansas FFA Convention Day 2 filled with Awards, Music and Motivation

Day two of the 85th Kansas FFA Convention comes to an end after three exciting jam packed sessions of recognizing the successes of chapters and individuals in the past year and listening to the powerful messages from Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Brothers, K-State Linebacker, Tre Walker and charismatic motivational speaker, Harriet Turk.

Second Session
Enthusiastic FFA members flooded McCain Auditorium with blue and gold for the second session which announced the 2013-2014 State Officer Candidates. Several chapters were recognized with awards from Kansas Farm Bureau and Farm Credit for their positive impacts on their respective communities. All were attentive as 2012-2013 State Sentinel, Denver Johnston, gave his retiring address, “Self Doubt”. 

The 2012 American Degree recipients were celebrated for their accomplishments and the Kansas Cooperative Testing Travel Awards were presented, along with the the top 10 individuals and top 5 chapters in the Leadership Information Test and KAAE Essay award winners. The top individual Agri-Entrepreneurship Education Program, designed to increase the amount of entrepreneurship being taught in local agriculture programs across the country, was announced.

Countless FFA Members walked across the stage as State Proficiency Award Winners from Ag Communications to Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management.

After the session was adjourned, the Extemporaneous and Prepared Speaking Finals were held in the K-State Alumni Center and Proficiency winners enjoyed their award luncheon.

Third Session
Session three hit a high note for FFA members as they listened to the compositions of the FFA State Band and Choir. State Proficiency winners continued to parade the stage, accepting their awards for their hard work. Next, retiring State Secretary, Chelsey Smith, presented her address to the members “Cultivate a Sustainable Life." 

Scrapbook records followed, along with Job Interview winners. Tre Walker, Linebacker for the Kansas State Wildcats offered encouragement to members through a unique and energetic speech. Several scholarships were awarded to outstanding FFA members by corporations such as Cargill, Ford, and National FFA.  

After closing, members made their way to meet the State Officer candidates and enjoy an ice cream social.

Fourth Session
FFA members filled McCain one last time on this particular Thursday night and were welcomed by “Unstoppable," the retiring address of Vice President, Glendolyn Neely. 

Honorary FFA Degrees were awarded to those few, selfless folks that have made a powerful impact on Kansas FFA and its members. The current state officers recognized all the hard work their parents have done to get them this far. The Extemporaneous and Prepared speakers took the stage to find out their final placings. 

Keynote speaker, Harriet Turk, moved students with his seminar and let students know that they need to be who they want to be.

The last day of the 85th Convention will kick off early morning with the Convention Business Session, recognition of student achievement and election of the 2013-2014 State FFA Officers. Friday afternoon will feature the recognition of Kansas FFA Foundation Sponsors, the “Stars over Kansas” Pageant,  presentation of the Triple Crown award and installment of the new Kansas FFA State Officer Team and the retirement of the past State Officer Team. After the sixth session, the Blue & Gold Banquet will be held at the Beach Museum of Art for convention volunteers, State Stars, and retiring and newly elected state officers, as well as their families.

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