MANHATTAN, Kansas – A total of 55 members from the South Central district were awarded their State FFA Degree during the 94th Kansas FFA Convention, June 1-3, 2022, on the Kansas State University campus.
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.
The members who met these qualifications and their respective FFA chapters from the South Central district are: Arkansas City – Karmen Palmer, Kristin Watchous; Buhler – Connor Andujo, Jackson Childs, Thomas Compton, Hunter Durham, Jaylee Giles, Maren Lackey, Kacey Lehl, Mace McCabe, Brock McCurdy, Jared McQuilliam, Carson Moler, Bradley Neill, Marissa Orem, Wyatt Ratzlaff, Tanner Tustian, Bonner Van Bruggen, Caroline Wagner, Kaden Warner, Abigail Yutzy; Canton-Galva – Garrett Maltbie, Sage Toews; Centre – Quinten Bina, Tanner Stuchlik; Chaparral – Kadence Smith; Fairfield – Brady Fowler, Paisley Smyth, Zach Zongker; Haven – Keaton Loop, Jhet Spradlin; Inman – Mabel Nichole Black; Little River – Kyle Bruce,Ty Herzog; Marion – Mickelly Soyez; Newton – Eli Ladd, Kerstin Tommer; Oxford – Cristian Bain, Cassidy Jean Chase, Colby Hammond, Lily Kopfer; Renwick – Mackenzie J Anderson, Emily Bonilla, Lindsay Mies, Colton Miller, Lily Reichenberger, Will Tice; South Barber – Bianca Binning, Ruston Erikson, Avery Grieve; South Haven – Dylan DeWitt, Ben Russell, Ethan Theurer; Wellington – Baylee Jae Newberry, Matthew Rayley Pryce.
Each state degree recipient receives a state degree charm — a symbol of the member’s growth and development — sponsored by Kansas Electric Cooperatives.
The Kansas FFA Association is a statewide organization of 10,866 agricultural education students in 224 chapters in every corner of Kansas. It is part of the National FFA Organization, a national youth organization of 735,038 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture with 8,817 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.