Friday, May 30, 2014

Labette County FFA Member Wins John Deere Gator

Will Owens of the Labette County FFA Chapter won a drawing for a John Deere Gator 625iXUV during the 86th Kansas FFA Convention on Friday, May 30.

Owen’s name was drawn from 10 finalists, which were randomly selected from a pool of members who completed one of the following requirements for entry: submitted an application for the American or State FFA Degree, participated in the agriscience fair, received an agri-entrepreneurship award, or were honored as a proficiency award winner or District Star winner.

Owen was eligible for the drawing because he received his State FFA Degree. His advisors are Dustin Wiley, Jeff Falkenstien and Kyle Zwalhen. Owen’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program is in agricultural communications, which involves working for Farm Bureau in Lamont. He is responsible for creating games and presentations for 500 fourth grade students in conjunction with Earth Day. Owen also participates in the extemporaneous public speaking, agricultural sales and agricultural communication Career Development Events (CDEs).

As an FFA member, Owen said he has enjoyed activities such as attending National FFA Convention and getting to know members from other states.

“FFA has provided many opportunities to develop as a person and will help with everything from scholarships for college to learning skills for applying for jobs,” Owen said.

The drawing is sponsored by Kansas John Deere Dealers and the John Deere Agriculture and Turf Division.

“With continued support from the John Deere Dealers in Kansas, we are able to recognize and reward the outstanding accomplishments of our members,” said Daryl Simmons, Kansas FFA Reporter.

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