Jacob Cope, a member of the Marion/Florence FFA chapter, was recognized May 30 at the 85th Kansas FFA Convention for having one of the best agricultural career experience programs in the state.
Cope received a state FFA Proficiency Award in Beef Production-Placement for his accomplishments in developing programs that will prepare him for a career in agriculture.
The award was sponsored by the McPherson County Feeders.
The proficiency award program recognizes students for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program.
Cope had to complete a 10-page application with seven additional pages of pictures in order to apply for the award. He won the district proficiency award in this area to advance to state competition.
This program allows students to set goals and gain real-world experience in a chosen area of the agriculture industry.
Cope works at Doyle Creek Land and Cattle Co., where his father is the ranch manager.
Through his project, Cope has gained an understanding of how a large-scale production ranch operates. His responsibilities have increased over time and he is now involved in every aspect of the operation.
Cope also helps on other area cattle ranches when needed.
After high school he plans to attend Kansas State University.
Cope is the son of Clint and Sarah Cope. His chapter adviser is Mark Meyer.
While at convention, Elizabeth Meyer placed third in the state FFA Creed Speaking career development event. She qualified for the state event by winning the district creed speaking CDE. Participants were required to present the FFA Creed and answer questions related to it.
The chapter also competed in the state FFA Parliamentary Procedure CDE. Participants were required to take a 50-question test over parliamentary procedure and present a 10-minute demonstration using motions they had just drawn.
Caitlyn Maloney and Nicholas Meyer competed in the state prepared public speaking CDE in conjunction with the state. Both speakers qualified by placing in the top five at the district public speaking CDE.
FFA members attending from Marion included Cope, Aaron Molleker, Montana Percell, Elizabeth Meyer, Morgan Radtke and Nick Meyer. Mark Meyer accompanied the group as a sponsor.