Meyer, Kroupa earn highest FFA honor

These members of the Marion-Florence FFA chapter received ?Star Awards? at the South Central District banquet April 21: Nicholas Meyer, District Star Farmer; Elizabeth Meyer, District Star Greenhand in Produc?tion; and Clint Kroupa, District Star in Placement.Several members from the Marion-Florence FFA chapter were recognized at the South Central District FFA Banquet April 21 as proficiency award winners and district stars.

Nicholas Meyer and Clint Kroupa were awarded the highest honors in the district?being named as the district star farmer in production and the district star in placement.

Alicia Maloney received the Small Animal Produc?tion and Care proficiency award. Her project involves caring for Austra?lian Shepherd dogs and raising them. She markets her dogs all over the United States.

Aaron Molleker received the district proficiency award in the area of Veterinary Medicine. He works for the Animal Health Center of Marion, where he helps exercise animals, assists with some small and large animal procedures, and helps clean and sanitize kennels and equipment.

Meyer was recognized as the winner in the areas of Poultry Production and Diversified Livestock. He has raised more than 1,000 broiler chickens during high school and maintains a laying hen flock of Barred Rock hens.

Meyer sells the fertilized eggs from this flock to area producers, who incubate them and raise them to market weight. He also has five cow-calf pairs, nine ewes and a flock of White Leghorn hens from which he sells eggs in the local grocery store.

Kroupa was recognized as the district proficiency winner in the areas of grain production and Diversified Crop Production. He raises wheat, corn and soybeans on 103 acres that he rents using his parents? equipment.

Bret Voth was given the Turf and Landscape proficiency award for his program, which involves installing underground sprinkler systems as well as cutting and trimming some of his own yards.

Cailtyn Maloney, Kroupa, and Meyer also received the state FFA degree, which is the highest FFA degree that the state can bestow on its members.

Elizabeth Meyer was recognized as the South Central Start Greenhand in production. This award is given to the first-year member in the district with the most complete production program as evidenced by their record book. Meyer?s program includes poultry, beef and sheep.

Elizabeth Meyer also was elected as the South Central District secretary for the upcoming year. She had previously interviewed and given a speech to be placed on the ballot. At the banquet, she presented a speech to voting delegates at the district meeting prior to the banquet.

All district winners received a plaque and a cash award from the Kansas FFA Foundation.

The banquet was at Buhler High School.

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