Pickens County FFA Leaders Visit Washington

Pickens County FFA Members Visit Washington
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 Maddi Penson, Abby Garrett and Dakota Fordree, members of the Pickens County Career & Technology Center FFA Chapter, attended the prestigious FFA Washington Leadership Conference this past week in Washington DC.  

After being selected to attend by their local chapter, these members were among the many FFA members who converged on the nation's capital this summer to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills and create a meaningful community service plan that will make a difference in their home communities. It’s all part of the 2016 FFA Washington Leadership Conference.

Since 1969, the National FFA Organization has hosted this student leadership event. FFA members spend a week under the guidance of professionals, counselors and FFA staff members. In workshops, seminars and small groups, students focus on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals while undergoing comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters.

During the workshops members analyzed the needs of their communities back home and developed their personal “Living to Serve Plan” to implement with the help of their FFA chapter upon return home. In recent years, members have promoted agricultural literacy; brought awareness to abuse; collected and distributed shoes to individuals in Haiti; created an awareness plan on hunger, and more.

During their time in D.C., FFA members experienced the history of the nation's capital, touring landmarks including the Washington Monument, War Memorials, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, Holocaust Museum and the U.S. Capitol, among others. During their visit to the U.S. Capital, the PCCTC members along with their advisor, Steve McCannon, visited Representative Jeff Duncan and his office staff. 

 The 2016 Washington Leadership Conference is sponsored through the National FFA Foundation by title sponsors Monsanto and CSX and by weekly sponsors TransCanada, Crop Production Services, Farm Credit, Growth Energy and BNSF. For more information visit www.FFA.org.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 

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Pictured are (L-R) Maddi Penson, Abby Garret and Dakota Fordree of the Pickens County Career & Technology Center FFA Chapter who attended the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in our nation’s capital.  


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