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FFA Busy This Summer

By Rice, Danny

July 29, 2016

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Officers Attend State Convention and Officer Retreat

The Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Officers continue to work on their professional and personal growth as they attended the 88th Kansas FFA Convention and the annual MdCV FFA Officer Retreat. The Kansas FFA Convention was held in Manhattan June 1-3 at Kansas State University with this year’s theme titled ”Amplify”. Kansas FFA still growing strong with over 9000 members and 180 chapters in Kansas despite economic and school finance failures show that Kansas schools understands the importance of Career and Technical Education and to provide students with a positive career and skill based secondary  education program. At the convention, MdCV FFA Officers attended Leadership Workshops, Career Fair and Convention Sessions  being inspired by several speakers including Kansas FFA Officers and Amberly Snyder, motivational speaker and PRCA Barrel Racer and which happens to be paralyzed following an auto accident. Marais des Cygnes FFA members also received recognition at the convention which included receiving the National Chapter Award in all three areas of development Silver Division, Leon Sluder receiving the State Degree,  and the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA being awarded the Kansas Farm Bureau Community Grant Award. MdCV FFA members also were recognized in receiving scholarships which included Zarin Goodrich, National FFA Ford Scholarship, Josey Weimer, Lehnning Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship and Kali Holt, Casten Family/Diversified Crop Insurance Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship. Attending the Kansas FFA Convention were: Curtis Sowers, Kayden Dickey, Josey Weimer, Dalton Hook, Leon Sluder and Chloe Volkman.

Tuttle Creek State Park was the destination and site where the MdCV FFA Officers spent three days participating in teambuilding and leadership activities July18-20.  Members began the trip with a tour of the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center on the Kansas State University campus learning about the purpose of the Kansas Wheat Commission and the research and importance it has on Kansas Agriculture and the World Food Market. Following the tour the officers exercised their budgeting skills by grocery shopping, purchasing and planning meal items they will need for the remainder of the retreat. Other activities included working on the Program of Activities for the year, learning about personal leadership, swimming, canoeing and hiking the Konza Prarie. The officers have organized a great plan for the chapter this year and they are extremely excited to put the plans in action. Officers attending the retreat were: Curtis Sowers, Kayden Dickey, Josey Weimer, Dalton Hook, Leon Sluder, Chloe Volkman, Kathryn Vaught, and Kali Holt.  

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