MANHATTAN, Kan. —Ethan Dickerson of Natoma, Kylar Lee of Burlington and Emily Swiger of Coffeyville were recognized with Kansas FFA top honors during the 91st Kansas FFA Convention, May 29–31 on the Kansas State University campus.
Lee was named the State Star in Agribusiness. Dickerson was recognized as the State Star Farmer. Swiger was recognized as the State Star in Ag Placement.
Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes three FFA members who have the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs with the three Star awards, which are sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, United Bank and Trust and Kansas Farm Bureau.
Dickerson’s SAE is in Beef Production Entrepreneurship. During his SAE experience, he learned new methods and technologies to improve his farm and cattle herd. Dickerson has been able to expand his herd and been actively involved in the selection and breeding process of his cattle. He has also been able to add a new breed of cattle, Red Angus, to his herd. After high school, Dickerson plans to attend Butler County Community College then transfer to K-State to pursue a degree in agribusiness. He wants to return to own and operate his own cattle operation after graduation from college.
Ethan is the son of David and Stephanie Dickerson. His FFA chapter advisor is Jeremy Long. He was the district winner in the Northwest District. The other district finalists for the state Star Farmer honor were East Central District: Robert Phillips, Mission Valley; North Central District: Rylie Volkman, Abilene; Northeast District: Emily Albright, Royal Valley; Southeast District: Ashley Chandler, Neodesha; and Southwest District: Emma McClure, Hugoton.
Lee’s SAE is in Sheep Production Entrepreneurship. He has not only raised sheep but expanded his herd over the last four years. Currently, his herd consists of 65 head of both black face and white face cross sheep. Lee travels across the country searching for the best genetics to use in his herd. He then raises the sheep and sells them for others to show.
Lee’s business, KWL Showstock, does not stop once he has sold an animal. He ensures that services are provided to his customers long after they have purchased a show animal from him. Lee provides services of show management and preparation to ensure his clients get the support they need when exhibiting the animals they purchased from him. Kylar is the son of Carl Lee and Kristen Varner. His chapter advisor is Julie Carden.
Swiger’s SAE is in Placement in Agribusiness. She works at Frazee Veterinary Consulting in Coffeyville, Okla. Her job includes preparing animals for surgery and caring for them afterwards. She assists with clinical paperwork and is responsible for sterilizing surgical tools. Along with her basic clinical duties, Swiger also vaccinates, tags, palpates, performs semen checks and fills lot records on all cattle.
Emily is the daughter of Brian and Carol Swiger. Her FFA chapter advisor is Catherine Stallbories.
The district star winners who were finalists for the state Star in Ag Placement honor were South Central District: Cole Coggins, South Barber; Northeast District: Kortnee VanDonge, Holton; East Central District: Hunter McCurdy, West Franklin; Southwest District: Hallie Wettstein, Hugoton.