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Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA attends state convention and officer retreat

MdCV FFA officers, front, from left, Josey Weimer, Bonni Beery, Zarin Goodrich and Kali Holt; back, Kayden Dickey, Curtis Sowers, Dalton Hook and Leon Sluder, at the state FFA convention at Manhattan.

The 2015-2016 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers were able to refine their skills as leaders while attending the 87th Kansas State FFA convention May 26-29 at the Kansas State University campus along with over 2,000 members and guests in attendance.

MdCV FFA officers Zarin Goodrich, Curtis Sowers, Bonni Beery, Kayden Dickey, Josey Weimer, Kali Holt, Leon Sluder and Dalton Hook were able to attend workshops teaching leadership and teamwork skills, browse a career fair showing the plentiful amount of jobs throughout agriculture, and even represent their chapter as delegates.

While attending the convention they also attended  convention sessions that included speeches from Ruth Ann Myers, the National FFA vice president, and former Kansas State University quarterback Collin Klein.

The Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter and members also received recognition and awards. The chapter received National Chapter Award in the Silver Division, members Julie Heslop, Alexandra Sluder and Mitch Saffle received the highly honored State Degree and MdCV FFA adviser Danny Rice received the Honorary State Degree.

Officers explore teamwork at summer retreat

This summer the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers also spent three days at an officer retreat held July 6-8 at Kanapolis State Park. There they learned about leadership and coming together as a team.

The group participated in a nature hike exploring the beauty of the surrounding area, teamwork exercises held by Rice and KSU ag ed student Hannah Boehm, and many more fun activities. By the end of the trip the group became a team and sat down to share their ideas preparing the program of activities for the upcoming year.


MdCV FFA members at an officer retreat at Kanopolis Lake in July, from left, Bonni Beery, Zarin Goodrich, Dalton Hook, Leon Sluder, Josey Weimer, Kali Holt, Curtis Sowers and Kayden Dickey.

Information thanks to Danny Rice.

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