MANHATTAN, Kan-The Royal Valley FFA Chapter placed 2nd in the Triple Crown Award at the 91st Kansas FFA Convention on May 31st. The Triple Crown award is given to the FFA chapter that performs the best in the National Chapter Award program, which recognizes chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization in the three divisions, Strengthening Agriculture, Building Communities, and Growing Leaders. Awards are given in each of these three areas in the divisions of bronze, silver and gold. Chapters in the gold division qualify as finalists for the Triple Crown. The chapter engaged in activities to promote career success, leadership, citizenship, agricultural advocacy, chapter recruitment, and much more. The Royal Valley FFA Chapter placed 2nd in Building Communities, 2nd in Growing Leaders, and 8th in Strengthening Agriculture.
Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes three FFA members who have the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Ag Placement awards. Emily Albright was the Northeast District star finalist for the Kansas Star Farmer. Emily’s SAE’s are in Diversified Agricultural Production and Beef Entrepreneurship.
The State Degree is the highest honor the Kansas FFA Association can bestow upon its members. In order to achieve this award, members must meet the following requirements: have received their Chapter FFA Degree, been an FFA member and agricultural education student for at least two years, earned at least $2,000 or worked 600 hours in their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, given a six-minute speech about agriculture or FFA, participated in eight different leadership activities, received a “C” average or better in high school and shown a record of outstanding leadership and community involvement. Emily Albright, Eryn Daugherty, and Alyssa Gooderl all received their state FFA degrees at convention.
The proficiency award program recognizes students for exceptional accomplishments and
excellence in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. This program allows
students to set goals and gain real-world experience in a chosen area of the agriculture
industry. In the area of Agricultural Education, Eryn Daugherty was the state winner. Emily
Albright was the state winner in Diversified Agricultural Production. In the area of Diversified
Horticulture, Mary Broxterman was the state winner.
In the Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development Events, FFA members must demonstrate proficiency in using proper procedure to efficiently run a meeting. The novice division is for freshmen students. Team members Karlie Albright, Lily Lefferd, Emily Lowe, Brady Klotz, Zoey Russell, and Kaylee Andrews placed third in the state. Kendon Wege was also a member of this team but unable to compete because of the passing of his grandmother. The chapter division is for all high school students, and competing team members were Emily Albright, Mary Broxterman, Eryn Daugherty, Caroline Hanson, Karlie Albright, and Lily Lefferd.
Ms. Kim Clark was recognized at convention as the Kansas Association of Agricultural Education (KAAE) Division Winner of the Kansas Association of Career and Technical Education (K-ACTE) Young Teacher of the Year.
Cassidy Parks, 2019-2020 Royal Valley FFA President, and Colin Caviness, 2019-2020 Royal Valley FFA Treasurer, served as the chapter delegates at state convention. They attended leadership workshops, went to committee meetings, and voted for the 2019-2020 Kansas State Officer Team.
The Kansas FFA State Convention took place in Manhattan, Kansas on the campus at Kansas State University from May 27th through May 31st. The convention celebrated the accomplishments from the past year of over 9,800 Kansas FFA members and over 200 chapters.
The Royal Valley FFA Chapter is part of the Northeast District, the Kansas FFA Association,
and the National FFA Organization. The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a
positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership,
personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.