MdCV FFA members stay busy as fall arrives

Highway cleanup: Members of the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA, FBLA and FCCLA showed up with orange vests, gloves and trash bags to clean up during an Adopt-a-Highway program on Sept. 23, south of Melvern. The members ate pizza and played volleyball afterwards.

Greenhand Conference

On Sept. 16, 2015, Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA members Nocona Brinkley, Mariah Criss, Britney George, Johnny Goddard, Brookelyn Janssen, Alaina Marsh, Destiny Massey, Gannon Schimmel, Kathryn Vaught, Chloe Volkman, and Ethan Cannon attended the annual Greenhand Conference, at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.

The conference is for first-year FFA members. Students participated in workshops presented by the East Central District officers with the help of two Kansas State officers. Greenhands took a test over FFA history and information they learned in class. They participated in activities that included leadership building, official dress, career development events and supervised agriculture experience programs.  At the end of the conference the highest test scores from each chapter participated in a spell down with Kathryn Vaught competing for the Marais des Cygnes Valley chapter.  

Kansas State Fair

MdCV FFA officers Zarin Goodrich, Curtis Sowers, Bonni Beery, Kayden Dickey, Leon Sluder and Kali Holt traveled to the Kansas State Fair on Sept. 20 to assist in Agriland. Agriland teaches children and adults about the importance of agriculture and its impact on the state of Kansas. Several Kansas commodity groups and the Kansas Department of Agriculture operate Agriland in the Pride of Kansas Building.

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American Royal

FFA members Zarin Goodrich, Curtis Sowers, Kayden Dickey, Leon Sluder, Britney George, Nocona Brinkley, Gannon Schimmel, Kathryn Vaught, Brennan Irey, Josey Weimer, advisor Danny Rice and Kansas State University ag ed senior Hannah Boehm attended the annual American Royal Leadership Conference and Rodeo Saturday, Sept. 26, in Kansas City.

Students took part in listening to Mike Allison, senior director of associate learning, Cerner Corporation, which trains more than 15,000 Cerner associates worldwide on preparing for success by building relationships, developing strong networks and positive reputations.

Students also took part in rotating workshops presented by American Royal Ambassadors in the afternoon, followed by the PRCA Rodeo that evening.

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Information and photos thanks to MdCV FFA advisor Danny Rice.


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