It’s been a busy two weeks at the American Royal. The week of September 19th we welcomed over 5,600 students and teachers to our School Tours and Youth Rodeo event and that Saturday we held a standing-room-only ProRodeo. That week a lot of my time was spent on School Tours acting as a lead for registration and welcome.
Last week I spent most of my time debriefing School Tours. Answering questions like what improvements can be made for next year? How did we handle certain situations? What adjustments did we make as the week went on? Now that the biggest education event of the year is over, I can really focus on reworking our Royal Scholar application process.
This week I will be composing the actual application and figuring out what will be the best format. Should it be a fillable PDF document or should we use an online based form through Formstack. Many of our applicants will be familiar with a web-based application, but we are limited in how many questions we can ask and what kind of questions we can ask.
This week most of my time was spent on preparing for School Tours, the American Royal’s largest education event of the year. Next week we will be hosting over 4,000 elementary students from across the Metro over four days. They will be learning various things about agriculture from how bees are important to agriculture to live milking demonstration. In the afternoon they will watch the Youth Rodeo, which is a fun way to end the day.
I mentioned in my previous post that the project I will be focusing on for this blog is the revision of the Royal Scholars application process. Let me explain a bit more about the American Royal’s Royal Scholars program. The Royal Scholars Program is our collegiate scholarship program. Each year a group of students who are majoring in an agriculture related field are selected to be the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship. We do not just award the scholarship and require nothing else of them though. They will make two trips to Kansas City at the Royal’s expense to help with various events. Last week they attended our Boots and Business After Hours event where they were able to introduce themselves to the business community of Kansas City and do a bit of networking. Next week they will help us with the last day of School Tours and lead workshops on Saturday for Youth Leadership Day, a daylong conference targeted towards local FFA and 4-H chapters. Since we use the Royal Scholars for so much, it is important that they are not only extraordinary students, but are articulate and leaders in their community.
I don’t want to get too wordy in one post so next week I will go over the current application process on what changes I want to make to.