Members of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter recently attended the WLC conference in Washington DC. Learn more in the following press release from the chapter.
Washington D.C. – Devinn Ashford, Lynzie Colvin, Jordan Huddleston, Kelsey Jones, Jake McKiddy, Dani Moore, Daniel Nowland, Hope Peters, Haley Thompson, and Jennifer Waits of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the 2011 Washington Leadership Conference on July 26 – 31, 2011 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.
The capstone event of the Washington Leadership Conference is the civic engagement activity, where participants apply the things they’ve learned at the conference to a real, hands-on service activity. The National FFA Organization partners work with several community service agencies in the D.C.-area to identify needs that WLC participants can help address. Through the years, WLC participants have contributed over 23,000 hours of service through these activities. Students from Chillicothe conducted community service activities at a local thrift store, animal shelter, and also packaged 55,000 meals for malnutritioned children.
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, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Ford’s Theater, 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 Bosworth, Chillicothe, and Southwest schools.