88th State FFA Convention In the Books
The 88th Annual Kentucky FFA State Convention was held June 6-8 in Lexington. An all-time record 2815 FFA members, advisors, and guest attended the Convention which is the organization’s largest annual event.
The Convention included state contest finals in several Career and Leadership Development Events, the State Agriscience Fair, and the eighth annual Middle School FFA Convention. Nationally known speaker Dr. Rick Rigsby served as the keynote speaker at the opening session. Other speakers included National FFA Western Region Vice President Trey Elizondo, Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, and Director of the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy Warren Beeler. Other Convention activities included a Career Expo, concert, Day of Service, delegate business session, and leadership workshops.
The Convention culminated with the presentation of 462 State Degrees, the naming of the State Stars, and the naming of the 2017-2018 State Officer team during the closing session on Thursday, June 8. The Star Awards are the highest presented by the organization and winners include:
- Star Farmer - Jonah Brannon - Calloway County
- Star in Agribusiness - Wayd Wood - McCracken County
- Star in Placement - Austin Ballou - Southwestern Pulaski