Goessel FFA student receives top award during state event

The Goessel FFA Chapter was rcognized with a variety of awards during the Kansas FFA State Convention June 2-4 in Manhattan.

Students Josh Booth, Joe Campbell, Kent Duerksen, Drake Sterk and Austin Unruh represented the GHS chapter.

Duerksen was recognized as the 2010 state winner of the Specialty Animal Production Proficiency Award. He has kidded more than 300 goats since staring his operation, 165 of them during his FFA career.

Duerksen systemized his own feeding, breeding and vaccination program. He has forwarded his application to the national level for further competition.

His parents are Marlo and Lynette Duerksen and his FFA adviser is John Bergin.

Sterk participated in the extemporaneous public speaking career development event and served as a delegate alongside chapter vice president, Josh Booth.

Goessel ranked seventh out of 163 chapters statewide in the prestigious National Chapter Award program. The program recognizes chapters for excellence in programs in student sevelopment, chapter sevelop?ment and community development.

The chapter will be recognized at the national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in October. As a top chapter in Kansas, Goessel will participate in the program at the national level.

Goessel brought home the state championship in the student development category. The first-place finish was earned by offering programs such as International Ag Week, developed student supervised agricultural experience programs through the high school greenhouse and organizing a sale of under-used shop equipment to fund a transformation of an old wood shop into an agri-science laboratory.

The chapter ranked 11th in community development. It organized a service learning opportunity in the agricultural construction course. Students constructed three goats pens for the Marion County Fairgrounds and a parking lot railing at the GHS athletic complex.

The agriscience class participated in Food For America. This program brought the 15 freshmen to the elementary school during FFA Week to make presentations ranging from food safety to where a hamburger comes from.

Students also organized an Orange Crush Charity event, selling bottles of Orange Crush to students to benefit the Ameri?can Heart Society.

Goessel finished in the silver division in chapter development. Students organized a faculty appreciation breakfast, a FFA week lock-in and an annual work auction.

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