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Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA gets ready for spring after busy winter

MdCV Floriculture Team members celebrate their third-place win in a district career development event at Louisburg this month; front from left, Josie Wheeler, Mason Rose, Hailey Ingle, Emma Ankerstjerne, Kelsey Rice, Haylea Bethell, Emma Marsh, and Mary Ingle; back, Corey Criss, DJ Johnson, Justin Brinkely, Madison Cormode, Alyssa McCurdy, Lindsey Johnson, and Olivia Lacey. Courtesy photo.

The Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA began its new semester with a Kansas State University intern, Hunter Smith. Smith comes from Chaparral High School and FFA program. He has done an outstanding job thus far and the members and agriculture students have welcomed him with open arms.

In January, the MdCV FFA chapter started 2022 FFA activities with a game night. Several games were going on, from board games to cards to several highly competitive games of cornhole. The natural resource management class received a presentation from Matt Peek, Kansas wildlife furbearer specialist on trapping and fur harvesting. The same students also received their Kansas trapping certification.

Beginning in February, MdCV FFA officers were asked to interview with KOFO, in Ottawa, Kan., in celebration of the upcoming National FFA Week. Smith and the agri-science classes traveled to Paola and competed in the Milk Quality Career Development Event. The group was awarded eighth in A Team and third in B Team, with Colten Woodson receiving a third-place medal and Allison Reeser receiving 11th place.

Later in the month, the MdCV FFA celebrated National FFA Week with activities including Drive a Tractor to School, Ag Olympics, Ag Career Presentation to the elementary school, staff breakfast, Mini Milk Quality Contest to the Junior High, FFA apparel day, FFA bingo, FFA scavenger, and breakfast pizza for members.

The month of March has started busy as the ag education program traveled to Louisburg to compete in district career development events. The ag mechanics team finished fourth place, with Cole Lacey placing sixth individually. The floriculture teams placed third in the B Team, with Hailey Ingle placing. The floriculture A Team finished 10th. The vet science team finished 15th.

Later in the week members of the chapter traveled to Kansas State University to participate in the KSU Cattleman’s Day and Youth Program. Students gained knowledge from cattle industry professionals, KSU Animal Science staff and students, and toured KSU Animal Science facilities.

MdCV Ag Mechanics Team finished fourth in the career development event held in March at Louisburg; from left, Jake McGowin, Max Davis, Wyatt Melton, Cole Lacey, Dylon Haines, and Dalton Bechtle. Courtesy photo.

Information and photos thanks to Danny Rice, MdCV FFA adviser.

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