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Thursday, May 30, 2013

State Officer Candidates

Fourteen candidates are running for a state officer position to represent more than 8,000 Kansas FFA members for the 2013-2014 term. Throughout the week, candidates will complete an intense process of interviews, tests and public speaking demonstrations conducted by Wyatt Pracht. Upon completion, the students will then be interviewed by an appointed nominating committee of former state officers and agricultural education instructors and evaluated on their performances.

On Friday morning, the committee will submit its nomination of 10 candidates to the state convention delegates, two members from each of the 162 chapters in the state. After hearing the candidates present a final prepared speech, the delegates will elect the six members who will serve as the 2013-2014 state officer team. The new team will be announced and installed at the final session of the convention Friday afternoon.

The candidates will be evaluated on their applications, a written test, writing exercises and five rounds of interviews. The interview rounds include one-on-one interviews, delivering a speech, facilitating a workshop, round-robin interviews and a personal interview round. Once elected, the officers will travel across the state informing people about agricultural science education and FFA.

Candidates and their corresponding chapter for the 2013-2014 state officer team included:
    • Elizabeth Allen – Holton
    • Beth Augustine – Ellis
    • Lindy Bilberry – Garden City
    • Carrie Carlson – Centre
    • Alexis Coberly – Chapman
    • Cody Holliday – Jackson Heights
    • Chance Hunley – Riverton
    • Bailey Joonas – Linn
    • Rylan Laudan – Paola
    • Andrea Mattas – Wilson
    • Wyatt Pracht – Anderson County
    • Daryl Simmons – Minneapolis
    • Ellen Walker – Ark City
    • Evan Woodbury – West Franklin

Elizabeth Allen, a four-year FFA member, has served as Northeast District Reporter and Chapter President. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Beef Production-Entrepreneurship. Allen will attend Kansas State University in the fall majoring in agribusiness with minors in marketing and management.

Allen is the daughter of Aaron Todd and Erika Lynn Allen. Her advisors are Alex Bartel and Jason Larison.

Beth Augustine, a four-year FFA member, has served as Northwest District President and Chapter President and Sentinel. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) involves working with Sport Haven and L&T Farms. She plans to obtain a career as a high school agricultural education instructor. Augustine will attend Kansas State University in the fall.

Augustine is the daughter of Tim and Lori Augustine. Her advisor is Bob Kohman.

Lindy Bilberry, a four-year FFA member, has served as Southwest District President and Chapter President. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Agricultural Sales-Placement, which involves working as a salesperson for Baker Boot Company and Orthopedic. Her career plan is to work in sales or management for an agricultural company focusing on products for livestock and the beef industry. Bilberry will attend Kansas State University in the fall.

Bilberry is the daughter of Larry and Ann Bilberry. Her advisors are Melissa Hensley and Pat VenJohn.

Carrie Carlson, a four-year FFA member, has served as South Central District Vice President and Chapter President, Vice President and Reporter. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Beef Cattle Production. She plans to obtain a career in bakery science. Carlson will attend Kansas State University in the fall.

Carlson is the daughter of Duane and Karen Carlson. Her advisors are Laura Klenda and Mark Hager.

Alexis Coberly, a four-year FFA member, has served as Chapter President and Secretary. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Landscape Management, which involved mowing, weeding and watering yards for four customers, and Nursery Operations, in which she ran the Chapman FFA Nursery for two years. She plans to pursue a job with a nursery in the horticulture industry. Coberly is currently a freshman majoring in horticulture at Kansas State University.

Coberly is the daughter of Troy and Jolee Coberly. Her advisors are Trenton Horn and Walter Pitts.

Cody Holliday, a three-year FFA member, has served as Northeast District Vice President and Chapter President and Vice President. His Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Turf Grass Management, in which he ran a lawn-mowing service where he and his crew cared for 20 lawns each summer. He plans to pursue a career as an agricultural education instructor and own a farm. Holliday will attend Kansas State University in the fall, majority in agricultural education.

Holliday is the son of David and Kelly Holliday. His advisor is Paul Lierz.

Chance Hunley, a four-year FFA member, has served as Southeast District Report and Chapter President and Treasurer. His Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Specialty Animal Production and Outdoor Recreation. He plans to obtain a career as a software developer or computer programmer with an emphasis in cyber security. Hunley will attend Kansas State University in the fall.

Hunley is the son of Michael and Janet Hunley. His advisor is Jacob Larison.

Bailey Joonas, a four-year FFA member, has served as North Central District President and Reporter, as well as Chapter President, Treasurer and Student Council Representative. His Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Veterinary Science, in which he has worked at the Animal Health Center in Washington, Kan. He plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Joonas will attend Kansas State University in the fall.
Joonas is the son of Steve and Jenny Joonas. His advisor is Amber Sharpe.

Rylan Laudan, a three-and-a-half-year FFA member, has served as East Central District President and Sentinel, as well as Chapter Treasurer. His Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Diversified Livestock Production-Entrepreneurship. He plans to obtain a career as an agricultural education instructor. Laudan will attend Kansas State University in the fall.
Laudan is the son of Doug and Rexanne Laudan. His advisors are John Menefee and Brett Brownback.

Andrea Mattas, a five-year FFA member, has served as Chapter Vice President and Secretary. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Diversified Agricultural Production, which involves working as a farmhand for Mattas Farms, Munson Angus Farms and Black Horse Hitch. She plans to pursue a degree in agricultural education and a minor in animal science. She hopes to one-day work as an agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at a rural Kansas high school. Mattas is a freshman at Kansas State University.
Mattas is the daughter of Mike and Mary Mattas. Her advisor is Lindsey Huseman.

Wyatt Pracht, a four-year FFA member, has served as East Central District Treasurer and Chapter Vice President. His Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) includes owning a small cattle herd of six cows and working on his family’s farm. Pracht plans to obtain a career in seed production, sales or research. Pracht will attend Kansas State University in the fall.

Pracht is the son of William Roger and Ruth Ann Pracht. His advisor is Jeff Gillespie.

Daryl Simmons, a five-year FFA member, has served as North Central District Sentinel and Chapter President. His Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Diversified Livestock Production, which involves raising and showing cattle, sheep, goats and hogs. He also owns multiple breeding cattle and 30 crossbred goats. His career plan is to work agribusiness or feed science. Simmons is currently a freshman majoring in agribusiness at Butler Community College.

Simmons is the son of Steve and Alice Simmons. His advisor is Jerry Schmidt.

Ellen Walker, a five-year FFA member, has served as South Central District President and Chapter President. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in Agricultural Education. She plans to pursue a career in the food industry in research and development. Walker is currently a freshman at Kansas State University, majoring Food Science and Industry.

Walker is the daughter of Mike and Rhonda Walker. Her advisors are Kasie Bogart and Casey Epler.

Evan Woodbury, a five-year FFA member, has served as East Central District Vice President and Reporter, as well as Chapter Vice President and Vice President. His Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) involves working as a farmhand for Woodbury Farms, caring for 400 cows, 350 calves and 4,000 acres of crops and hay. His career plan is become an agricultural education instructor or obtain another job in the agricultural industry that will allow him to eventually return to the family farm. Woodbury is currently a freshman at Kansas State University majoring in agricultural education.

Woodbury is the son of Howard and Elise Woodbury. His advisor is Angelle Higbie.

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