Thursday, May 30, 2013

Distinguished Service Award, VIP Award, and Honorary Kansas FFA Degrees

The Kansas FFA organization relies on the support of exceptional teachers, individuals and companies to provide life-changing experiences for its members. We honor those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA with Distinguished Service award, VIP award and Honorary Kansas FFA Degrees each year at the State FFA Convention. This year is no exception.

Distinguished Service Award

Wick Buildings
Wick Buildings has been a long-term partner to Kansas State FFA and generously donated and built the new Agricultural Education Building on the State Fairgrounds. Their donation provides more space for Kansas FFA members to education thousands of visitors that attend the state fair every year. The new building houses the Grand and Reserve Champion animals, agricultural mechanics projects, a greenhouse, and space for FFA chapters to display presentations about the agricultural industry.

Midwest Ford Dealers
Since 2008, the Kansas FFA Association and Foundation have enjoyed a robust relationship with Kansas Ford Dealerships through our Midwest Ford Dealer sponsor partnership.  Annually, Midwest Ford Dealers provided monetary support to help members grow in our Environmental & Natural Resource Proficiency Award, Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships, and the Foundation’s Blue & Gold Golf Scramble. In addition, more than 50 community Ford Dealership have sponsored $286,000 in Built Ford Tough scholarships for Kansas FFA members over the past five years. This past winter the Midwest Ford Dealers gifted the Kansas FFA Foundation a new 2012 Ford F150 XLT Series truck to use during State Officer visits, business and industry tours, and other Association & Foundation events. We are proud to accept this gift and look forward to driving many miles with our Midwest Ford Dealer partners.  

VIP Award

Dr. Michael Dikeman
As a Meat Science Professor at Kansas State University as well as the State CDE Coordinator for Meat Evaluation, Dr. Dikeman is committed to educating students about meat science and animal agriculture. Sharing his knowledge with Kansas FFA members has given many the opportunity to grow as they compete in high caliber competition. His dedication to Kansas FFA is apparent through his many years of service and his service as a member of the Career Development Committee.

Honorary Kansas FFA Degrees

Lee Boley
As the father of three former FFA members, Lee Boley has been a longtime supporter of Kansas FFA. He has worked countless years establishing a network of opportunities not only for his own children, but also for other members while in high school and beyond at the state level. In recent years, Boley has been instrumental in helping the KAAE and the FFA get priority seating at the annual Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the governor, which has proved invaluable in our advocacy efforts for Agricultural Education and the FFA.

Alan Boltinghouse
An agricultural education instructor at Girard High School and this year’s Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators’ president, Alan Boltinghouse is dedicated to the personal growth of all agriculture education students in Kansas. It is because of his dedication that all of FFA members have positive experiences filled with growth and development of both personal and career skills to prepare them  for successful futures.

Sandra Kingston
Sandra Kingston, a longtime supporter of the Washington County FFA chapter, has served in nearly every capacity of leadership and support for many activities of the FFA program. As the wife of an agricultural instructor and FFA adviser, she has helped numerous FFA members from around the state grow towards their full potential.

As a testimony to her countless years of self service, Kingston personally sponsored the Annual FFA Chapter’s Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast and donated the entire funding necessary to make the event possible for the past several years.

Meghan Mueseler
Meghan Mueseler, an alumni of Sabetha FFA Chapter, has given years of service back to the Kansas FFA both personally and professionally. As an employee of Cargill Meat Solutions, Mueseler and her colleagues established the Cargill Blue Jacket Grant Fund with the Kansas FFA Foundation in 2010. Grant dollars gifted by Cargill Meat Solutions employees allow Kansas FFA members that are experiencing a financial hardship to purchase a new official jacket. Personally, Mueseler serves as a Foundation Trustee and has dedicated her time and service to help members experience opportunities to grow through FFA.

Denny Stoecklein
As the general manager of the Kansas State Fair since 2003, Denny Stoecklein spends countless hours ensuring that all aspects of the state fair run smoothly.  His dedication and commitment to Kansas FFA  provide members with the opportunity to showcase their talents and educate others about the agricultural industry.

Pat Wiederholt
Pat Wiederholt, a Trustee of the Kansas FFA Foundation, is a Kansas FFA alumni that has dedicated several years of service to Kansas FFA. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Kansas FFA Foundation and often serves as a judge at East Central District Career Development Events.

As the Chairman of the Board/CEO of Flint Hills Banks in Hartford, Wiederholt has been committed to raising funds for Kansas FFA which has provided numerous FFA members to grow and develop their leadership skills.

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