Thursday, May 29, 2014
Kansas FFA Awards Four Honorary FFA Degree
Four individuals were honored for their great service to the Kansas FFA on Thursday evening, May 29, at the 86th Annual Kansas FFA State Convention on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kansas.
The Honorary State FFA Degree is bestowed upon those who help to advance agricultural education and the FFA, and who have rendered outstanding services to the association. This year's recipients are Scott Schaake, Westmoreland; Jim Morgan, Louisburg; Dan Bliss, Wakeeney; and Roberta Spencer, Holton.
Dr. Schaake is formerly a member of the Lawrence FFA Chapter. He currently serves as a professor in the department of Animal Science at Kansas State University. This year, he retired from eleven years of coaching the Kansas State University livestock judging team. He is a professor and coach who is dedicated to helping students grow both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Schaake has shown his dedication toward the FFA through coordinating the state Livestock Judging Career Development Event since 2002. He leads a selfless life of service, and through his service has influenced and changed the lives of many.
Mr. Morgan currently serves as the President of the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators, and has also served as the KAAE career development event committee chair. He started teaching agricultural education in January of 1983 and has spent all of his teaching career at Louisburg High School. Mr. Morgan has found a way to blend family and agricultural education by taking advantage of travel opportunities as a family to strengthen his role in the classroom. He is committed to motivating his students in and out of the classroom, committing both time and effort to his chapter leadership each year and coaching teams to state and national success. Through his dedication and hard work he has led the Louisburg chapter to continuous achievement.
As a past Kansas FFA Alumni President and most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Kansas FFA Association, Bliss has spent a lifetime of giving back and supporting Kansas FFA and the next generation of Kansas agriculture.
Ms. Spencer is the Jackson County Conservation District Manager. During her years as manager she has helped organize the Northeast District Land Judging Career Development Event and is the chairperson for the State Envirothon committee. Through many years of service and dedication, Ms. Spencer helps members experience the opportunities to grow through FFA as she serves as a member on the Holton Ag Ed Advisory committee.