Washington D.C. – Caela Ashford, Brandon Bothwell, Taylor Daly, Jordan Huddleston, Bridgett Kieffer, Cyrsten Lollar, Lizzie McCoy, and Blake Rasmussen of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the 2012 Washington Leadership Conference on July 10 – 15, 2012 in the nation’s capital.  The conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education.

Each year, FFA members from all over the United States travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). During the five-day event, attendees learn how to become effective leaders by teaching them to know their purpose, value people, take action,  and serve others. They leave WLC with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, community, and their country. WLC’s 2012 curriculum is built on four pillars of leadership: self-awareness, diversity, advocacy and service. These four pillars of leadership also correlate to the four-stage model of personal development, the Me-We-Do-Serve model, Mumaw adds.

This summer, more than 2300 FFA members will attend one of the conference’s seven week-long sessions. Students also increase their understanding of the nation’s heritage with visits to Arlington National Cemetery, the Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Memorials, Holocaust Museum, Old Town Alexander, White House, Washington Monument, Smithsonian’s, and other historic sights in Washington, D.C.

The five members from Chillicothe had sponsorship from the following organizations, Jerry Litton Family Foundation, Chillicothe Young Agri-Leaders, Trans Ova Genetics, American Family Insurance-Janet McCauslin agent, Chillicothe FFA Alumni, DQ Precision Planting – George & Marta Quinn, Monsanto and Dan & Wilma Graham United Country Real Estate and MO FFA Alumni Association.  The group would like to thank these sponsors for their help with the trip.

FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.  Chillicothe FFA is a part of the Agricultural Education Program at the Grand River Technical School and is composed of students from Chillicothe Southwest schools.