FFAers from Marion receive district awards

Several members from the Marion-Florence FFA chapter were recognized at the South Central District FFA Banquet on Monday, April 18, as district proficiency award winners.

Aidan Cairns was elected as the SCD treasurer for the upcoming year. She had previously interviewed and given a speech to be placed on the ballot. Prior to the banquet, she presented a speech to voting delegates.

Cade Harms was the winner in Beef Entrepreneur­ship. He sells registered Angus, Charolais and Red Angus bulls in conjunction with his parents’ seed-stock operation. Cade helps with many of the daily chores and helps make mating decisions to improve the genetics of his herd.

Carley Stapleford received the district proficiency award in Diversified Horticulture. She works for Aunt Bee’s, a flower shop in Marion, where she helps make floral arrangements, makes deliveries, assists customers and helps in the greenhouse. She also helps in her family’s large garden at home.

Elizabeth Meyer was recognized as the winner in the areas of Sheep Entrepre­neur­ship and Diversified Livestock. Meyer owns 20 ewes and lambs and half interest in a ram as a part of her sheep program. She helps vaccinate, dock tails, shear and feed her lambs. She also owns cattle as a part of her diversified livestock program.

Meyer also was recognized for qualifying for her state FFA degree, which is the highest FFA degree that the state can bestow on its members.

Kaitlyn Goebel received the district proficiency award in Small Animal Production and Care. Her program consists of raising and selling rabbits. She is breeding several does to produce rabbits and sells their offspring privately on the Internet as well as some at local farm supply stores.All district winners received a plaque and a cash award from the Kansas FFA Foundation. The banquet was at Buhler High School.