Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA team works as ‘Just One’ at state convention

MdCV FFA officers for 2019, Frank Warner, Cole Lacey, Koby Vanderpool, Bayleigh Lacey, Sadie McGowin, and Kaelin Criqui stop at KSU McCain Auditorium following a session. Courtesy photo.

By Sadie McGowin
MdCV FFA Reporter

The MdCV FFA officers team attended the 91st annual Kansas State FFA Convention May 29-31, 2019, in Manhattan, Kan. This year’s convention theme was “Just One.” The Kansas FFA had around 2,500 members and guests in total attendance from 207 chapters for the convention. The officer team assisted in a meal service program, convention sessions, and a career fair to help get them inspired and motivated for the coming school year.

MdCV FFA president Bayleigh Lacey, vice-president Frank Warner, and secretary Kaelin Criqui also served as delegates at the convention. The members were able to speak with each other and bounce around ideas for things their chapter can do to grow their membership numbers. There were many speakers at the convention sessions including the state officers with their retiring addresses and motivational speakers from across the country such as Cord McCoy, professional bull rider and winner of the Amazing Race, Luke O’Leary, National FFA President, and Kurt Dillon, State FFA Advisor and KSDE Ag Ed Consultant.

MdCV FFA members also participated in the national program “Give Lunch Service Packaging Event,” in which members packed healthy, easy-to-prepare meals to be given out to hunger relief groups across Kansas. More than 5,000 meals were packaged during their one-hour session.

“Just One State, we are united by our common passion for agriculture and leadership and strengthened by our unique backgrounds. Just One Chapter can change a community and a school for the better. And all it takes is Just One voice, Just One action, and Just One member to brighten a day, serve a need, or make a needed change.” – Kansas FFA.

FFA members were also entertained by some great country music from Randall King, held at The Hat following the Wednesday night opening session.

Some of MdCV’s own FFA members were recognized for various awards and scholarships that they received at the convention. Sadie McGowin received a scholarship to attend the Washington Leadership Conference June 11-16, in Washington, D.C. Seniors Chloe Volkman, Alaina Marsh, Kathryn Vaught and Brookelyn Janssen each received state degrees. The chapter also was recognized for their effort and hosting the Ag Awareness Day, sponsored by the Kansas Farm Bureau community grant.

MdCV officers who attended the convention were Bayleigh Lacey, Frank Warner, Kaelin Criqui, Koby Vanderpool, Sadie McGowin and Cole Lacey. The officers are looking forward to another productive and motivating year for the chapter, school and community.

Cole Lacey, Koby Vanderpool and Sadie McGowin visit Willie the Wildcat in the KSU Student Union. Courtesy photo.

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