FFA Alumna Michele Payn-Knoper Reflects

FFA Alumna Michele Payn-Knoper Reflects

If you wore blue and gold corduroy, you likely understand intense feelings that have transcended two decades.  March 1989 is a month I remember clearly, even if 20 years have gone by in a blink of an eye.  The Municipal Auditorium at Michigan State University had a distinct fervor of excitement, anticipation and apprehension.  You see, it was the place where our State FFA Officer team led the Michigan FFA Convention.  I recall the thrill of dashing up the aisles during opening ceremonies, rocking the house with a couple of thousand screaming FFA members and working with a group of people who still hold a special place in my heart today. (more…)

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This past week (and month) has been consumed by our county fair.  Show day is always a special day for those of us who grew up on a halter.  Getting the fairgrounds ready (through a $2 million capital campaign) has taken me offline for the last few weeks.  As I walk the barns, it’s rewarding to see young people caring for their animals, the pride of parents and the lessons learned through hard work.  There are few places that a young person can better find  the lessons of perseverance, work ethic and integrity.  (more…)