Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers attend state convention and officer retreat

MdCV FFA members were greeted by the Kansas Wheat Commission at Kansas Wheat Innovation Center during an officers’ retreat held July 18-20, 2016, from left, Aaron Harries, Kansas Wheat Commission, Kayden Dickey, Curtis Sowers, Josey Weimer, Chloe Volkman, Kathryn Vaught, Leon Sluder, Dalton Hook and Kali Holt. 

The Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers continued 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 June 1-3, 2016, at Kansas State University in Manhattan, with this year’s theme ”Amplify”.

Kansas FFA still growing strong with more than 9,000 members and 180 chapters in Kansas despite economic and school finance failures. This shows that Kansas schools understands the importance of career and technical education and to provide students with a positive career and skill-based secondary education programs.

At the convention, MdCV FFA officers attended leadership workshops, a career fair and convention sessions, and were inspired by several speakers including Kansas FFA officers and Amberly Snyder, motivational speaker and PRCA barrel racer, who was paralyzed following an auto accident.

Marais des Cygnes FFA members also received recognition at the convention, including receiving the national chapter award in all three areas of development in the Silver Division. Leon Sluder received the State Degree, and the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA was awarded the Kansas Farm Bureau Community Grant Award.

MdCV FFA members were also recognized with scholarships: 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.

Marais des Cygnes FFA members attending the Kansas FFA convention were Curtis Sowers, Kayden Dickey, Josey Weimer, Dalton Hook, Leon Sluder and Chloe Volkman.

Officers’ retreat

Tuttle Creek State Park was the destination and site where the MdCV FFA officers spent three days participating in team building 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 would 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 Prairie. 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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Representing MdCV FFA at this year’s FFA convention in Manhattan were, front from left, Josey Weimer, Chloe Volkman and Kayden Dickey, back, Curtis Sowers, Leon Sluder and Dalton Hook.

Information and photos thanks to Danny Rice, Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA adviser.

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