A total of 300 students from across the state were awarded their State FFA Degree at the 89th Kansas FFA State Convention, May 30–June 1, 2017, on the Kansas State University campus.
The State Degree is the highest honor the Kansas FFA Association can bestow upon its members. In order to achieve this award, members must meet the following requirements: have received their Chapter FFA Degree, been an FFA member and agricultural education student for at least two years, earned at least $2,000 or worked 600 hours in their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, given a six minute speech about agriculture or FFA, participated in eight different leadership activities, received a “C” average or better in high school and shown a record of outstanding leadership and community involvement.
The members who met these qualifications and their respective FFA Chapters from the Northwest District are: from Atwood: Mara Dawn Hemel, Gracyn Higley; Ellis: Jaylinn Pfeifer; Hays: Katie Fross, Laura Montgomery, Brenna Park, Marie Reveles, Conrad Vajnar; Natoma: Dylan Pruter; Palco: Cassidy Ann Pywell; Plainville: Jasmine Creighton, Matt Van Dyke; Russell: Cameron John Kilian, Katherine Marcia Krauss, Delainey Pospichal; Saint Francis: Makayla Rogers; Thunder Ridge: Monica Jirak.
The members who met these qualifications and their respective FFA Chapters from the North Central District are: from Abilene: Riley Sleichter; Beloit: Diedrick Bolte, Jimmy Broeckelman, Caden D. Emmot, Bethany Kay Mitchell, Brooke Alyssa Vetter; Blue Valley: Ryanne Marie Ewell, Caitlin McLean; Chapman: Delaney Claeys, Kati Teresa Fehlman, Natalie Harris, Taylor Rae Lexow, Megan Nelson, Kyanna Volkman; Clay Center: Kinzey Janae Cott, Garrett Craig, Kamber Schulze, Courtney Sherbert; Clifton-Clyde: Eli Ohlde; Ellsworth: Jenna Haase, David Koralek, Amanda Miles, Chase Mueller, Lukas Sebesta, Wyatt Travnichek, Amy Westerman, Patrick Zamrzla, Taylor Zamrzla; Herington: Bailey Bayes, Falon Kickhaefer, Devonte McConnell; Linn: Kalen Mitchell Richardson, Karsyn Smith; Manhattan: Kyndall Brooke Norris; Pike Valley: Rileigh Gardner; Republic County: CC Ball, Elly Dahl, Ashton L. Holmes, Madison Scott, Brett Stindt, Justyn Stindt, Christian Tipton; Rock Hills: Glenn Rhys Marihugh, Alexys Ann Meier, Taneile Grace Peroutek; Washington County: Levi Thomas Gauby, Dylan Ray Nelson, Makinna Aubrey Bentz.
The members who met these qualifications and their respective FFA Chapters from the Northeast District are: from Atchison County: Jacob Chalfant, Madison Rae Hetherington, Spencer Dennis McNerny; Axtell: Nicholas Buessing, Sierra Perry, Oliver Schmitz; Doniphan West: Jaime Albers, Brantley Cluck, Hailey Fee, Carson Dean Lackey, Landon Parsons, Phillip Simmonds, Trevor Taylor; Hiawatha: Tayler Bacon, Kyle E. Tollefson, Emma Williams, Tess Julianna Wolney, Aubrey Wright; Holton: Brett Bontrager, Alexandra Clark, Eldon Harris, Ian McAsey, Tel Wittmer; Jackson Heights: Kaleb Keehn; Marysville: James Patrick Borgerding, Dayne Christopher Brown, Michael Allen Crome, Emma Nicole Hill, Megan Renee Hill; McLouth: Emma Jolley, Mable Mestagh, Natalie Richardson, Hannah Sparks, Rachael Sparks; Onaga: Shay Duer, Jesse Fairbanks, Maggie Revell; Riverside: Jenae J. Anderson; Rock Creek: Cale Hinrichsen; Royal Valley: Lucas Broxterman, Jordan Cox, Wyatt Winter; Sabetha: Maggie Kruse, Cameron Renyer; Valley Heights: Garrett Link, Chevelle Murk, Adrian Paul Pishny; Wamego: Peyton Ashleigh Freeman, Keith Aaron Zerbe.
The members who met these qualifications and their respective FFA Chapters from the East Central District are: Anderson County: Allie Nikole Ball, Hunter David Crane, Waltham Keyth Farren, Tessa Lee Jirak, Emma Marie Porte, Maycee G. Ratliff, Shylie Frances Scheckel, Briley Miachael Wolken; Eudora: Lacey Linnae Vesecky; Jayhawk-Linn: Trevor Kent Compton, Cole Michael McGrew, Halley Ann Morrell, Bryce Randall Nation, Blaise Schneider, Samantha Simons, Garrett Michael Thompson, Quentin Cahill Umphenour; Mission Valley: Jesse James Bruner, Wyatt Earl Butler, Wyatt Alan Durkes, Sam Gleason, Bailey Hittle, Clay Robert Earl Phillips, Tyler Phillips, Seth Rudeen, Daniel A. Wendland; Ottawa: Travis D. Lutz, Spencer F. Mayes, Brandon W. Pfizenmaier, Kasey R. Spigle; Paola: Adyson Edwards, Devin Michael Elliott, Brooke Harris, Katlyn R. Hendrickson, Jacob Hinman, Annie Mae Kelley, Wyatt Love, Lindsey Pitzer, Thomas Ryckert, Logan James Wiseman; Prairie View: Jesse Henry, Taylor McAtee, Justin Peine; Southern Coffey: Justice Edwards, Trevor Filbrun, Bryce Isch, Carolyn Marie Vanderman; Spring Hill: Connor Hecke, Ally Tyler; Tonganoxie: MaKayla Callaghan, Alan Russell Hinds, Samantha Koch, Rebekah Martin, Cameron E. Renne, Claire Sweeney, Tanner Walden; Wabaunsee: Devin McClayland, Britt Michaelis, Geard Johness Quathamer.
The members who met these qualifications and their respective FFA Chapters from the Southeast District are: from Caney: Christian Todd Cummings, Victoria Lyn Markham, Rhett Allen Newby; Cherryvale: Micah C. King, Tyler Don Sale, Jacob Roy Wagner; Coffeyville: Angela N. Keighley, Kayla R. Maulsby, MacKenzie Paige White; Columbus: Katelyn Davis, Hannah Gideon; Erie: James Burch, Katie Malone; Eureka: Haylee Boulanger, Remington Talley, Hannah Zimmers; Fort Scott: Addison Lance Cunningham, Kaleb S. Guilfoyle, Lauren Morgan Hurd, Hunter Michael Patrick Reeves; Fredonia: Clifford R. Hershberger; Girard: Jessica Alyn Brynds, Brett E. Ferguson, Ethan Goff, Jacey K. Murphy, Camryn Towner, Mary Zimmerman; Iola: Gage Matthew Cleaver, Caleb Thomas Johnson, Chase Andrew Regehr, Zachary Marvin Slaven, Colton Lewis Sutton Toney, Isaiah Donovan Wicoff; Labette County: Rachel Lynn Bebb, Kaci Lynn Bertling, Gwyneth Dean, Deven Foster, Ivy Marie Gatton, Abby Susanne Goins, Bianca Elizabeth Hernandez, Allison LeAnn Higgins, Shyanne Jones, Raelee Olivia Moore, Aubrie Sorrell; Neodesha: Jordan Cushenbery, Hannah Newland; Southeast: Eric James Underwood; Uniontown: Gavin Fry, Keely Jordan Goodridge, Danielle Leean Nading, Dylan O’Neal, Kolby Seested, Kalen Simpson; Yates Center: Cayden Lee Hartwig, Julius Ray Hodges.
The members who met these qualifications and their respective FFA Chapters from the South Central District are: from Arkansas City: Jaylee Dawn Remington; Buhler: Garrett Bartel, Garret Beck, Dawson Beckler, Garret Boeger, Samuel Cox, Bradley Ensz, Hunter French, Ethan Gould, Justin Hershberger, Corey Hogan, Tyler Hofmeier, Tanner Lackey, Harley Martin, Tyler Miller, Gus Quillin, Breanna Springs, Joshua Turner, Ethan White, Hunter Wiehl, Alexzander Wingert, Carissa Youngs; Centre: Dylan Michael Deines, Cole Methvin, Greg David Oborny, Hannah Peterson, Daniel Rudolph, James Spohn, Cole Srajer; Fairfield: Ellie Schwertfeger, Katelynn Wilt; Flinthills: Corbin Gauthier; Haven: Bailey Lynn Brawner, Patrick Sean Hartung, Alek Royer, Scott Allan Schmidt, Cordell Ray Waggoner; Inman: Max James Harman, Katie Krehbiel, Alyssa Leslie; Kingman: Katelyn Harbert, Jordan Hensley, Drew Krehbiel; Marion-Florence: Aiden Cairns; Cade Harms; Pretty Prairie: Eric Moore; South Barber: Dale Hoch; South Haven: Hunter Chase Broyles, Dustin Alan Nance, Kayden Wolf; Udall: Malorie Depenbusch, Miranda Jo Depenbusch, Sarah Patteson; Wellington: Morgan Hain, Levi W. Preston; Winfield: Audrie Bailey, Mia Pentz.
The members who met these qualifications and their respective FFA Chapters from the Southwest District are: from Dodge City: Laramie Yoder; Garden City: Tyler Cloud, Karl Larson, Micaila Lock, Cameron Skipper-Dumler; Hodgeman County: Sara D. Wasko; Hugoton: Lacey Brecheisen, Romano Burger, Kyra K. Kalani, Roman Lindstrom, Bernabe Mendoza, Elias Mendoza, Brooklynn Trotter; South Central: Jordan Beeley; Southwestern Heights: Brittany Walker.