MdCV FFA members keep busy as fall arrives

MdCV Adopt-A-Highway crew, front, Ethan Cannon, Gannon Schimmel, Tristen Duncan, Grace Bradely, Isabella Toman, Makayla Baker, Alaina Marsh, Chloe Volkman, Josey Weimer, Sadie McGowin, Koby Vanderpool, Alexis Hidalgo, back, Colby Vogeler, Dalton Hook, Frank Warner, Kaelin Criqui, H.B. Booth, Jevan Gregg, Kali Holt, Noah Criqui, Steven Clower, Haylee Miles, Bayleigh Lacey, Brice Marsh, Sarah Green.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA members have been active as the new school year gets underway, with some attending the Greenhand Conference at Ottawa, joining a large group that cleaned the highway south of Melvern, and attending the Kansas State Fair. Here’s an update on the busy group’s recent activities:

Greenhand Conference

On Sept. 13, 2017, Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA members Tony Cannon, Brice Marsh, Sadie McGowin, Izzy Toman, and Colby Vogeler attended the annual Greenhand Conference, at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, Ottawa, Kan.

The conference is for first-year FFA members. Students participate in workshops that are presented by the East Central District officers, along with help from 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 agricultural experience programs.

At the Greenhands Conference, from left,  State FFA Secretary Marie Reveles, State FFA Vice President John Kennedy, MdCV FFA members Colby Vogeler, Tony Cannon, Sadie McGowin, Brice Marsh, and Isabella Toman, and East Central District President Alexa McCurdy.

Highway cleanup

On Sept. 20, 2017, members of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School’s FFA, FBLA and FCCLA showed up with their orange vests, gloves, and trash bags for an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup program south of Melvern. Afterwards, the members ate pizza and played games.

Kansas State Fair

Helping at the Kansas State Fair birthing center were MdCV FFA officers, front, Kathryn Vaught and Kali Holt, back, Brookelyn Janssen, Alaina Marsh, Chloe Volkman, and Josey Weimer.

MdCV officers Kali Holt, Brookelyn Janssen, Alaine Marsh, Kathryn Vaught, Chloe Volkman, and Josey Weimer traveled to the Kansas State Fair on Sept. 17, 2017. This year they did something new and helped out at the birthing center. They used a demonstration cow and calf to give kids the opportunity to learn how to pull calves. Two Kansas State University college students who were studying to become veterinarians assisted with the demonstration.

FFA movie night

Members of the MdCV FFA spent a night at the drive-in Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. A movie was projected on the ag shop door, and members backed up trucks, ate hotdogs, and enjoyed the evening outside following the game.


This September MdCV FFA is selling yellow and red mums. Anyone interested in purchasing mums should call the school at 785-549-3313 to set up a meeting time.

Seitz fundraiser

Starting Oct. 2, 2017, MdCV FFA will start its annual Seitz fundraiser. Each member will be selling items such as meats, fruits, and cookies until Oct. 16.


Photos and information thanks to MdCV FFA adviser Danny Rice.

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