Outstanding FFA members recognized in Stars Over Kansas Pageant

FFA members were awarded the state’s top honors of Kansas FFA Star Farmer, Star in Ag Placement, and Star in Agribusiness during Friday’s final session of the 89th Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.

Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes three FFA members who have the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agriculture Placement awards.

These awards were sponsored by ICM Inc., United Bank and Trust, Kansas Farm Bureau and the Pageant was sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Kansas.974A4583 copy

Star Farmer: Tyler Phillips, Mission Valley FFA

Star in Ag Placement: Deven Foster, Labette County FFA

Star in Agribusiness: Cordell Waggoner, Haven FFA


Star Farmer: Tyler Phillips, Mission Valley FFA

A State Star Farmer has been recognized every year since 1957 and honors one member with an SAE in production agriculture.

Phillips’ SAE is in Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship. He rents 300 acres of brome grass, 350 acres of prairie hay, and 18 acres of row crop land. He has recently expanded into the custom haying market for added income. He is majoring in farm and ranch management at Butler County Community College.

Phillips is the son of Thomas and Amy Phillips. His FFA advisors are Kelly Hoelting and John Bergin.

The district star winners who were finalists for the state Star Farmer honor were: Northwest District: Gracyn Higley, Atwood FFA; North Central District: Natalie Harris, Chapman FFA; Southeast District: Katie Malone, Erie FFA; South Central District: Cade Harms, Marion-Florence FFA; Northeast District: Cale Hinrichsen, Rock Creek FFA; and Southwest District: Brittany Walker, Southwestern Heights FFA.


Star in Ag Placement: Deven Foster, Labette County FFA

Foster’s SAE is in Diversified Agriculture Production. He has worked on his family farm, which consists of a variety of row crops and a cow/calf operation. He has worked on soil preparation, fertilizer application, operating the planter, operating the wheat drill, and many other aspects of the operation.

Foster is the son of Kenneth and Therese Foster. His FFA advisors are Dustin Wiley, Jim Gilpin, Kyle Zwahlen and Jeff Falkenstien.

The district star winners who were finalists for the state Star in Ag Placement honor were: South Central District: Joshua Turner, Buhler FFA; Northeast District: Brantley Cluck, Doniphan West FFA; North Central District: Wyatt Travnichek, Ellsworth FFA; Northwest District: Conrad Vajnar, Hays FFA; East Central District: Sam Gleason, Mission Valley FFA; Southwest District: Jordan Beeley, South Central FFA.


Star in Agribusiness: Cordell Waggoner, Haven FFA

The Star in Agribusiness, awarded every year since 1974 honors a member who manages his or her own agribusiness.

Waggoner’s SAE is in Wildlife Management. He raises game birds to sell to several different controlled shooting areas in a partnership with his brother. This year he built a third pen to raise their capacity to 3,000 birds which they raise from day-old chicks to flight-ready game birds. Waggoner is the son of Alan and Carol Waggoner. His FFA advisors are Corineah Williams, Steve Duft and Jeremiah Hobbs.  

The other district star winner who was a finalist for the state Star in Agribusiness honor, representing the Northeast District, was Ian McAsey from the Holton FFA chapter.



Kansas FFA Elects 2017–18 State Officers

The 2017–18 Kansas FFA Officer team includes President Eli Ohlde, Clifton-Clyde FFA; Vice President John Kennedy, Jackson Heights FFA; Secretary Marie Reveles, Hays FFA; Treasurer Quentin Umphenour, Jayhawk-Linn FFA; Reporter Riley Sleichter, Abilene FFA; and Sentinel Skyler Denio, Hoxie FFA.

PresidentA five-year FFA member, Ohlde has served as president of both his chapter as well as the North Central District. His Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program is caring for a small herd of eight Angus cows and the upkeep of 300 acres of pasture. He plans to attend K-State and hopes to pursue a career in agricultural equipment sales.

Ohlde is the son of Tim and Debra Ohlde. His advisor is Arika Haresnape.

Vice President–A four-year FFA member, Kennedy has served as the president of his chapter, as well as the secretary for the Northeast District. His Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program is landscape management, where he is the groundskeeper for three local cemeteries. He plans to attend K-State with hopes of becoming a high school agricultural education instructor.

Kennedy is the son of Kelly and Kim Kennedy. His advisor is Paul Lierz.

SecretaryA four-year FFA member, Reveles has served as president of both her chapter and the Northwest District. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program involves working at the Smoky Hill Country Club. She plans to attend K-State and become a high school agricultural education instructor.

Reveles is the daughter of Javier and LaVerna Reveles. Her advisor is Curt Vajnar.

Treasurer– A four-year FFA members, Umphenour has served as the president of his chapter, as well as the sentinel for the East Central District. His Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program has three areas: diversified livestock production, agriculture education and wildlife management.  He plans to attend K-State and obtain a degree in agriculture education before becoming a high school agricultural education instructor.

Umphenour is the son of Bret and Katie Umphenour. His advisor is Brett Brownback.

ReporterA four-year FFA member, Sleichter has served as the president of his chapter, as well as the reporter for the North Central District. His Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program is beef entrepreneurship, where he owns five breeding females, one yearling heifer and five calves. He plans to attend K-State to obtain a degree that will allow him to develop more sustainable agricultural practices.

Sleichter is the son of Jeff and Meredith Sleichter. His advisors are Theresa Jardine and Amanda West.

Sentinel– A four-year FFA member, Denio has served as Chapter President and Northwest District Vice President. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program involves her work at the Hoxie Veterinary Service as a kennel and veterinary assistant. She plans to attend K-State and major in agriculture education to teach in the state of Kansas.

Skyler is the daughter of Hessel and Lisa Anderson. Her advisor is Jessica Reeves.

Chapman FFA Earns Triple Crown Award for Sixth Straight Year

The Chapman FFA chapter received the prestigious Triple Crown award for the sixth year in a row at the final session of the 89th Kansas FFA Convention, May 31–June 2, 2017, on the Kansas State University campus.

The Triple Crown award is given to the FFA chapter that performs the best in the National Chapter Award program, which recognizes chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization in three separate divisions: Building Communities, Growing Leaders and Strengthening Agriculture. Awards are given in each of these three areas in the divisions of bronze, silver and gold. Chapters in the gold division qualify as finalists for the Triple Crown.

Under guidance from advisors Johanna Ryckert and Alex Jost, the Chapman FFA chapter earned the highest score in the three categories. The chapter will receive $300 and the Garlow Memorial Trophy, which is sponsored by the Bill Garlow Family in memory of past Kansas FFA officer Bob Garlow.

Top 18 rankings were as follows:

18. Clay Center FFA

17. Inman FFA

16. Jackson Heights FFA

15. Mission Valley FFA

14. Girard FFA

13. Hugoton FFA

12. Ellsworth

11. Marysville

10. Hays FFA

9. Goessel FFA

8. Hiawatha FFA

7. Royal Valley FFA

6. Southwestern Heights FFA

5. Holton FFA

4. Udall FFA

3. Arkansas City FFA

2. Riverton FFA

1. Chapman FFA


Members Receive State FFA Degree

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; CoffeyvilleAngela 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.

Elizabeth Meyer delivers State President’s Retiring Address

Welcome Home

The radio is blaring and air conditioning is turned 974A4336 copytowards full blast to try and keep me awake for the remainder of the drive. I could do the route with my eyes shut, but figure it’s best to keep them open. The trek home from college is only about an hour and a half, but it can seem way longer at times. As I drive, my mind wanders through all that has occurred in my life lately: Successes, failures, stress. Finally rolling up the gravel driveway to my house, this all subsides until I am left with pure joy at the sight of her. My little sister sprints to the window of my car with a huge smile across her face. When I step out of the car, she attacks me with a tremendous hug and squeals of “you’re home! You’re home!” The best part – she does that every. single. time.

My sister greets me in a way that makes me forget all the mistakes I have made or worries I have. She doesn’t care about any of that – all she cares about is me arriving home to spend time with her. This love and enthusiasm makes me let go of all those mistakes also and instead try and accept myself the way she accepts me. At the same time, whether she knew it or not, my sister was creating an atmosphere where I felt welcomed and like I belonged.

Growing up, my summers almost always consisted of some type of camp. 4-H camp at Rock Springs, Church Camp, Girl Scout Camp, Basketball Camp, CYLC Camp, SCCL, and countless others filled my schedules each year. It was not uncommon for me to enter these camps without knowing anyone. These were my favorite because it was like going in with a clean slate. I felt like I could be myself – my overly energetic, crazy, loving self – and not be judged. But this made me think: why wasn’t I being that same person at school? I was worried that I would not be accepted if I showed all my quirkiness to the wrong people. I soon came to discover that most of the criticism I was worried about was that which came from within myself. I will admit it: I am my own worst critic to an insane amount. Why did you miss that shot?! Looking pretty rough at school today, aren’t we? Wow, you just acted like such a spaz. Try to tone it down and be more professional. You seriously don’t have anything together – you just aren’t good at anything.

In these moments, I think of something my softball coach once told me: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to your best friend. It’s okay to not be perfect because there is beauty in the imperfections. It can be difficult, but know that you are never too much and always enough. Embrace all that you have to offer the world because no one will ever exist to be just like you. Our personalities are unique and deserve to be shared with those around us. We each have gifts, but it is how we use them that makes us who we are. The wise Dr. Seuss once said “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

It may be simple or difficult, but we can always find those parts of ourselves that we are not embracing like we should. Maybe that is looking at yourself in the mirror and evaluating whether or not you truly do accept yourself. We will not be perfect at everything we do, but that’s okay! We don’t have to be the most athletic, the best actor, prettiest, smartest, or most popular person in the school to appreciate what we do offer. We all have parts of ourselves that we do not like, but we also should have parts that we admire. Accept yourself because life becomes so much easier when you do. What two qualities about yourself do you value? This could be your comedy, your intelligence, your creativity, your responsibility, or something different. Whatever thought jumped into your mind, hold onto it and do not let it go. You are wearing that on your sleeve – let it stay there. Bring all that you have to offer the world and embrace it.

As we learn to accept who we really are, there is an opportunity and obligation to go help others do the same.

No one lives this out more for me than a woman by the name of Margaret Wilson. Margaret is a wonderful lady in her mid 70s I grew up knowing through church with my family. She knew my family lived 25 miles outside of town, which was too far to travel home between practices and meetings during the week., so she continually invited me to pass the time at her house instead of waiting in my dad’s classroom. I hate intruding on others, but she was so kind and persistent that I eventually accepted. Every time I walked into her house, Margaret greeted me with a smile, hug, and an enthusiastic “Hey girly girl!” She cooked delicious meals, listened as I talked, shared laughter, encouraged me to try new things, offered great advice, and made me feel loved. Her hugs made it hard to leave, but I would always walk out of her house feeling renewed and inspired. What started as a small, thoughtful gesture on her part ended up making a significant impact on my life.

It doesn’t take a huge gesture to create a welcoming feeling for others – it could just be through repeated small acts. All it took to make my day or week was Margaret going out of her way to make me feel welcomed. Her actions helped me see the parts of myself that I should value. Like Margaret, we can all contribute to making others feel accepted. Who wouldn’t want to make a place where everyone feels they belong and can be themselves?! Not only can you have the joy of making someone else happy, but it can also help everyone continually perform better. People are more likely to be their best when they feel accepted and safe from judgement. Go out of your way to spread more kindness and embrace the diverse personalities of those around you.

As FFA members, we have the opportunity to do this every day. Have you engaged new FFA members in your chapter? Make them feel just as important as other members because they are. Share encouragement or a smile with other members while competing at CDEs. Start a conversation with an FFA member you have not met. At school, work, or home, we can make someone feel special with a compliment or quality time spent together. The person sitting alone at the lunch table, the friend who’s having a rough day, or even the person who appears to have everything together – make sure you take the steps to embracing those around you. How can you make others feel welcome? Many of us have heard the golden rule “treat others the way you want to be treated.” At the end of the day, we should be able to reflect on our actions and be proud of how we treated others, but there is always room for growth.

After making that drive home from college, my fears and insecurities instantly leave when my little sister comes to greet me. When she creates a place where I can accept myself for who I am, I instantly feel welcomed. FFA members, let’s make it our responsibility to welcome others home the way my sister does for me. Take time to embrace and love who you truly are. Accept that it is okay to not be perfect, and focus on the qualities you do bring to life. Find those ways to make everyone feel as though they belong, by going out of your way to let others know it’s okay to be themselves. Live a life that helps others feel wanted and know that you are too. Welcome to a life that celebrates you – welcome home.

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Washington County FFA Member Wins John Deere Gator

Jackilyn Zenger of the Washington County FFA Chapter974A4048.JPG won a drawing for a John Deere Gator 625iXUV during the 89th Kansas FFA Convention on Friday, June 2.

Zenger’s name was drawn from 10 finalists who were randomly selected from a pool of members who completed one of the following requirements for entry: submitted an application for the American or State FFA Degree, participated in the agriscience fair, received an agri-entrepreneurship award, or were honored as a proficiency award winner or District Star winner.

Zenger was eligible for the drawing because she received her American FFA Degree. Her advisor is John Kern.

The drawing is sponsored by Kansas John Deere Dealers and the John Deere Agriculture and Turf Division.

“With continued support from the John Deere Dealers in Kansas, we are able to recognize and reward the outstanding accomplishments of our members,” said Jacob Grinstead, Kansas FFA Reporter.


Thank you to our State FFA Band and Chorus!

A select group of FFA members used their musical abilities to entertain members and guests by performing as part of the State FFA Band and the State FFA chorus during the 89th Kansas FFA State Convention, May 31–June 2, 2017, on the Kansas State University campus.

In order to participate in these select ensembles, members were required to submit audition tapes and recommendations from their local music instructors.

The band was directed by Yvonne Colle-Burden, Medicine Lodge High School, assisted by Kris Brenzikofer, Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. The band performed two concerts during the convention.

Members of the State FFA Band are as follows: Altoona-Midway: Erin Drybread, Clement Huffman; Blue Valley: Rylee Olson; Cherryvale: Natalee Morris; Clifton-Clyde: Jessica Wurtz; Ellsworth: Emma Klein, Sara Klein, Amanda Miles; Fairfield: Serena Chantra; Flinthills: Corbin Gauthier; Herington: Gean Hanson, Hannah Oswald; Holton: Alexandra Myers; Hugoton: Elias Mendoza, Bernabe Mendoza, Hallie Wettstein; Iola: Isaiah Wicoff; Logan: Madison Gottstien, Toni Jenner; Medicine Lodge: Ruben Luis Arrendondo, Garrett Burden, Taylor Paxson; Neodesha: Julie Sherrod;; Republic County: Amanda Baxa; Russell: Shelby Ney; Skyline: Kayley Cook, Wyatt Slade; Stanton County: Duane Jones; West Elk: Tim Whetstone; West Franklin: Sammie Weber; Wilson: Jayden Bess.

The chorus was directed by Angeline Wheeler and accompanied by Jennifer Hasenbank, both of Chapman High School. They performed two concerts during the convention.

Members of the State FFA Chorus are as follows: Altoona-Midway: Marley Finley; Chaparral: Brandon Clark; Cherryvale: Jessica Wood; Clay Center: Erin Hammel, Parker Rice, Zoe Auld; Fairfield: Abigail Geesling, Kayley Geesling, Gattlin Spellman; Fredonia: Maria Kimzey, Taylor Russell; Herington: Hailey Delisle, Lucas Anschutz; Holton: Mary Pritchett; Medicine Lodge: Amber Swonger, Paige Tomson; Republic County: Abbi Johnson, Keyona Reed; Sedan:  Martha Sanders; South Barber: Joseph Bowden, Sabrina Hughbanks, Savannah Hughbanks, Nicholas Malone; Twin Valley: Ryan Stanley; Udall: D’onna Braddy; WaKeeney: Codi Bliss, Kassidy Chase; Wilson: Alexis Moody, Katrina Zorn.