To say Elizabeth Meyer had a memorable time at the 88th Kansas FFA Convention in Manhattan June 1-3 would be an understatement. The 2016 graduate of Marion High School was selected as the state FFA president for the coming school year during.
A four-year FFA member, Meyer has been chapter president and South Central District vice president. She plans to enroll at Kansas State University to one day become an agriculture education instructor.
Also during the convention, Meyer placed first in the state FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking career development event. She will represent Kansas in this event at the National FFA Extemporaneous Speaking event.
For that competition, participants drew a current agriculture-related topic and were given 30 minutes to prepare a four- to six-minute speech. They were then required to present their speech and then respond to five minutes of questions.
If that wasn’t enough, Meyer also was recognized as the winner of the Kansas FFA Sheep Production Proficiency Award June 2 and she also received her state FFA degree.
Meyer won the proficiency award based on accomplishments with her supervised agricultural experience program.
Meyer currently owns 21 ewes and part ownership in a ram. She had to complete a 10-page application with seven additional pages of pictures to be considered for the award.
She previously won the district proficiency award in this area to advance to state competition.
Last but not least, Meyer received her state FFA degree. This is the highest degree the state FFA association can award to members.
To qualify for it, members must be active in the FFA organization, keep records on their supervised agriculture experience that earns $2,000 of income or works 600 hours, and demonstrate leadership.
Only a small percentage of members receive the state degree. Meyer was recognized for receiving a scholarship from the National FFA Foundation and from Orscheln Farm and Home in conjunction with the Kansas FFA Foundation.
Joining Meyers at the state convention were five other Marion-Florence members: Aidan Cairns, Cade Harms, Kaitlyn Goebel, Carley Stapleford and Alli Hett.
Mark Meyer and Marsha Meyer accompanied the group as sponsors.
Cairns participated in the state FFA band. Band members rehearsed for two days prior to convention and then performed at sessions both days.
Cairns played the trombone in the band and introduced several of the songs that were performed by the band. This is the second year that Cairns has performed in the state band.
The chapter also competed in the state FFA Quiz Bowl. Participants were required to answer questions about FFA and agriculture information in a quiz bowl format.
More than 1,500 FFA members and guests from around the state attended the convention.
Participants listened to the retiring addresses of the state FFA officers, heard from Abrah Meyer, the national FFA vice president, and listened to several motivational speakers, including Scott Greenberg and Amberley Snyder.
Delegates from FFA chapters in the state participated in business sessions and selected state officers for the upcoming year.