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.
Clara Wicoff, Iola FFA, was recognized as the top individual in the Creed Speaking Career Development Event, with Alexa Maulsby, Coffeyville FFA, placing second; Elizabeth Meyer, Marion-Florence FFA, placing third; and Stephen Crouse, Republic County FFA, placing fourth.
The Hill City FFA was honored as the top team in the Ag Issues CDE and the Winfielf FFA took home top honors in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. The Girard FFA Chapter won the Leadership Quiz bowl finals over Girard FFA. The Louisburg FFA was recognized as the top chapter in the Career Development Events Sweepstakes. Buhler FFA was second, followed by Paola FFA, Washington FFA and Labette County FFA.
All members in attendance were challenged by the message to continue to seek personal growthdelivered by kick-off speaker Mark Brown. Brown has been working with youth for over a decade. He is anentrepreneur, 4-time marathon runner and best-selling author of "Live Life from the Heart." He has spoken to tens of thousands of students across North America and appeared on stage with Billionairs, best-selling authors and Olympic medalists.
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 12th 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. Also the 2012 American FFA Degree recipients will be recognized.