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.
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”.
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.
FFA Members walked across the stage as State Proficiency Award Winners from Ag
Communications to Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management.
the session was adjourned, the Extemporaneous and Prepared Speaking Finals were
held in the K-State Alumni Center and Proficiency winners enjoyed their award
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."
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.
closing, members made their way to meet the State Officer candidates and enjoy
an ice cream social.
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
Keynote speaker, Harriet Turk, moved students with his
seminar and let students know that they need to be who they want to be.
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.