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Cheyenne — Kaycee FFA members crossed the stage, recognized as Wyoming’s leading chapter during the early April Wyoming FFA Convention in Cheyenne. It’s the second time in recent years that the chapter has received the recognition.

Kaycee FFA Vice President Peter-John Bennett, Reporter Marta Curuchet and Advisor Mrs. Rose McGivney recently took a moment to discuss their chapter and its activities. Kaycee FFA is celebrating 45 years in 2014, adding a special significance to this year’s award. McGivney says they’re inviting the chapter’s founding memories, as well as the chapter’s first advisor, Howard Gernant, to this spring’s chapter banquet. She says it’s been fun to see how many of the founding members still live in the Kaycee community.

“We have a lot of participation for a small school,” says Curuchet. All but five of the students in the local high school are members of the FFA. That doesn’t sway the chapter’s growth plans, with Curuchet saying they’d like to grow, encouraging those remaining five students to become members.

“I think it’s pretty cool that everyone at the school is involved in FFA short five or six kids,” says Bennett. “FFA is a big deal for Kaycee.”

“For the whole community,” adds Curuchet.

“We have the entire freshman class with us at Convention,” says McGivney. While the class only has seven members, their participation is indicative of just how much the Kaycee community loves FFA.

This past year they helped with events at the local park, took part in the sheepherders’ festival, built community signs and constructed ramps for the local Conservation District. The ramps ensure small animals and birds can escape drowning in stock tanks if they fall in. If something big happens in Kaycee, Bennett says it’s likely that the FFA chapter is involved.

“The community comes to us when they need something,” says McGivney. Bennett says over the course of the past year those requests have allowed them to help the community celebrate 100 years with new signs and improve the community’s recycling program. The recycling project received support from the Wyoming FFA Foundation thanks to grant dollars provided by Cameco Resources. Prior to the project Kaycee residents could recycle, but their wasn’t a convenient way to empty the bins and process the recyclables.

“We had a hay ride and pumpkin carving contest for Halloween,” says Curuchet. The activities took place at the school barn, a center of activity for the chapter. “We really try to involved the younger kids. When they come to the barn they can see the animals we have there and how much fun it can be to take care of them and watch them grow.”

“Having the barn helps us get kids involved,” says Bennett.

“We have a strong group of officers,” says McGivney, “not just this year’s officers, but last year’s, too. They had a part in getting this year’s group ready to take over and serve as leaders.” McGivney commended chapter president Brekken Hokanson who played an instrumental role in completing and submitting the chapter application.

Looking toward next year, Curuchet says, “I’d like to keep going and getting more members involved and get all of the school involved. It’s such big part of the school and the community. I want to keep kids interested in agriculture and interested in FFA.”



FFA presents over $20k in college scholarships


Cheyenne, Wyo. — The Wyoming FFA Foundation, with support from numerous partners, awarded over $20,000 in college scholarships at the 2014 Wyoming FFA Convention. Scholarships were presented on April 8 during a reception at the 2014 Wyoming FFA Convention.

“We’re pleased to be able to help some very outstanding Wyoming FFA members pursue their college goals,” says Becki Dale, chair of the Wyoming FFA Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. “We had numerous, high quality applicants this year. Congratulations to those of you who are receiving scholarships. I hope they prove to be a meaningful investment in your educations.”

State Officers

Each member of the Wyoming State FFA Officer Team is receiving a $1,000 college scholarship in thanks for their dedication to Wyoming FFA this past year. Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. provided the first $4,500 to make this project possible. Rob and Leslie Hendry of Lysite and the Casper-based Wold Foundation provided matching funds.

“We’d like to thank these individuals for serving Wyoming FFA over the past year,” says Wyoming FFA Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Womack. Receiving scholarships were Brett Roth, Ty Carpenter, Tate Chamberlain, William Wood, Lindsay Utter, Lauren Hedges, Amori Erickson, Mikayla McNamee and Aleesha Gladson.

Andrea Lohr Live by Faith

Ron and Julie Rabou of Cheyenne launched the Andrea Lohr Live by Faith scholarship to honor Andrea’s message of living life to the fullest, appreciating one’s family and making the most of even the toughest situations. Andrea was a member of the Kentucky FFA, but frequently traveled to Wyoming to work with FFA members. Her battle with cancer ended in 2011, but her story of positive living remains through this scholarship and in many other ways. The $500 Andrea Lohr Live by Faith Scholarship is awarded each year to a student who, despite difficult obstacles, is having a positive impact on others. The 2014 recipient is Alexandria Wildes of Rock River. Despite herself facing challenges, Alexandria has focused her attention on helping those around her.

Teddy Weekly Memorial Scholarship

Rylee Anderson was awarded the first ever scholarship presented in memory of past Wyoming State FFA Officer Teddy Weekly. The scholarship is intended to preserve Teddy’s memory and his leadership within the program. Anderson will be studying agriculture education and accounting with eventual plans of becoming an Agriculture Educator and FFA Advisor.





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