Students earn FFA degrees, scholarships

Staff Writer
Garden City Telegram

MANHATTAN - A total of 15 students from the Southwest District FFA were awarded their State FFA Degree during the virtual 92nd Kansas FFA Convention, May 27–29, 2020.

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.

Those who met the qualifications include:

Dighton: Burke Shapland.

Garden City: Kyle Doll, Gracie Kraft, Karly Larson.

Greeley County: Josey Schmidt.

Hugoton: Jacob Bell, Laramie Brecheisen, Kaleb Grubbs, Luis Ramos, Conner Wells.

Stanton County: Cordell Herron.

Area FFA members were among the 51 Kansas students earning $1,000 Ford Trucks/Built Ford Tough Scholarships recognized during conference.

This year’s recipients from southwest Kansas, and their schools, are:

Garden City: Kyle Doll and Karly Larson.

Southwestern Heights: Caden Louderback.

Syracuse: Drake Durler.

The National Foundation offers approximately $2.7 million, generously donated by numerous sponsors, to FFA members across the nation every year. The awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 to assist with their education at a two-year or four-year institution. Award determination is based on a student’s qualifications including academic achievement, leadership, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), FFA involvement, or financial need.

Southwest Kansas recipients are:

Garden City: Karly Larson.

Hugoton: Hallie Wettstein.

Stanton County: Bailey Sipes and Chloe Chenoweth.

The Kansas FFA Association is a statewide organization of 9,631 agricultural education students in 211 chapters in every corner of Kansas. It is part of the National FFA Organization, a national youth organization of 700,170 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit for more information.