FFA members honored at convention
The Marion-Florence FFA chapter scored high ratings at the Kansas FFA Conference held May 30 to June 1 in Manhattan.
The chapter placed in the top 20 percent of all Kansas chapters in the areas of chapter development, community development, and student development.
Chapter members competed in a leadership quiz bowl and placed third. The event followed high school quiz bowl rules, but included questions about FFA and its history.
Clark Kroupa received the State FFA Degree on Friday. The degree is the highest honor conferred by the state organization. Recipients must meet a rigorous set of performance and academic standards.
More than 1,500 FFA members and guests attended the convention. Marion-Florence FFA members participated in a leadership workshop and attended all six sessions of the convention.
Members attending included Kroupa, Aaron Molleker, Alicia Maloney, Caitlyn Maloney, and Nick Meyer. Mark Meyer and Linda Kroupa accompanied the group as sponsors.
Centre FFA members received honors and scholarships at the Kansas FFA Convention held May 30 to June 1 in Manhattan.
Brian Burhoop, Carrie Carlson and Theo Kassebaum were awarded State FFA degrees, the highest honor bestowed by the state organization. Students must meet a rigorous set of participation and academic standards to qualify for the degree.
Burhoop received a $1,000 scholarship from the Cargill Community Scholarship program. He was also a finalist for the Star Farmer award.
Carlson received one of two scholarships awarded by Midwest Ford Dealers to fund her attendance at the FFA Washington Leadership Conference this summer in Washington, D.C.
Centre FFA member Brian Burhoop was one of six finalists to compete for the title of State Star Farmer.
Burhoop qualified for the competition as District Star Farmer of the South Central FFA District. His supervised agricultural experience was in diversified agriculture production.
Starting as a freshman, Burhoop has built a herd of 35 cows and eight replacement heifers. He also rents 125 acres that he is using for wheat production.
He is the son of Enno and Yvonne Burhoop of Burdick.