Friday, May 30, 2014

Day Two of the 86th Kansas FFA Convention - Thursday, May 29

Day two of the 86th 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 of keynote speakers, Shalee Lehning and Curtis Childers.

Second Session
Enthusiastic FFA members flooded McCain Auditorium with blue and gold for the second session in which the 2014-2015 State Officer Candidates were announced. 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 2013-2014 State Reporter, Daryl Simmons, gave his retiring address, “Rock Your World.”

The 2013 American Degree recipients were celebrated for their accomplishments. The top 10 individuals and top 5 chapters in the Leadership Information Test and KAAE Essay award winners were also announced

Several FFA Members walked across the stage as State Proficiency Award Winners from Landscape Management to Swine Production. 

After the session was adjourned, the Agriscience Fair Conference judging took place in McCain Auditorium, the Extemporaneous and Prepared Speaking Finals were held in the K-State Alumni Center and Proficiency winners enjoyed their award luncheon. 

Third Session
Session three hit a high note for FFA members as they listened to the compositions of the FFA State Chorus. State Proficiency winners continued to parade the stage, accepting their awards for their hard work. Next, retiring State Vice President, Carrie Carlson, presented her address, “Why Me," to the members.  

Scrapbook winners were revealed along with Job Interview winners. Scrapbook winners were Cherryvale, Centre, Girard, Great Bend, Mission Valley, Marysville. In addition, advisors of state officers were recognized. Shalee Lehning, former Kansas State Wildcats basketball and WNBA player, empowered the audience with her captivating motivational speech. 

Several scholarships were awarded to outstanding FFA members by corporations such as Washington Leadership Conference, Orscheln, Ford and National FFA.

After closing ceremonies, members made their way to meet the State Officer candidates and enjoy an ice cream social.

Fourth Session
FFA members filled McCain one last time for the final Thursday session and were welcomed by “Voices," the retiring address of Chance Hunley. 

Honorary FFA Degrees were awarded to those selfless folks who 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 speaking finalists took the stage to find out their final placings. Extemporaneous speaking winner is Jamie Wall and prepared public speaking winner is Bethany Schifferdecker.

To wrap up the evening, keynote speaker, Curtis Childers, a former Texas FFA President and National FFA President moved students with his inspiring story about the choices you make.

Convention continues tomorrow with recognition of the state FFA degree recipients, Triple Crown winner and the new state officer team will be announced.

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