Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Day One of the 86th Kansas FFA Convention - Wednesday, May 28
The first day of the 86th Kansas FFA Convention featured an opportunity for high school students to explore potential careers; recognition of student success in the FFA creed speaking, agricultural issues, ritual demonstration and parliamentary procedure career development events; and a challenge to members from a retiring state FFA officer.
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.
Savannah Hernandez, Ark City FFA, was recognized as the top individual in the Creed Speaking Career Development Event. Stephanie Silvers, Prairie View FFA, placed second; Morgan Houk, Girard FFA, placed third; and Mia Pents, Winfield FFA, placed fourth.
The Ellsworth FFA was honored as the top team in the Ag Issues CDE and the Holton FFA took home top honors in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. The Hill City FFA Chapter won the Leadership Quiz bowl finals over Buhler FFA.
The Louisburg FFA was recognized as the top chapter in the Career Development Events Sweepstakes. Washington County FFA was second, followed by Buhler FFA in third, Paola FFA taking fourth and Labette County FFA fifth.
All members in attendance were challenged by the message to continue to seek personal growth delivered by kick-off speaker Matt Lohr. Lohr developed a passion for speaking as a young FFA member and went on to serve as both the Virginia FFA President and National FFA Vice President before becoming active in Virginian politics.
Following the session, members enjoyed either the FFA Night at Manhattan Town Center with dancing or the Hypnotist Show by Ray Thompson.
Earlier in the day, members attended the 13th Annual Convention Career Show and interacted with agribusinesses and other professionals to learn more about their future opportunities after high school graduation.
Members also had the opportunity today to view Farmland, a movie showcasing an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming business. The movie was screened at two different times in Forum Hall in the Kansas State Student Union.
Convention continues tomorrow with recognition of the 42 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 2013 American FFA Degree recipients will be recognized.