Fannin County High School FFA member Seth Davis attended the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in Washington DC, June 16-22.
2,400 students from throughout the country attended the National FFA Organization’s annual Washington Leadership Conference.
FFA members will define their strengths, set personal goals, learn crucial leadership skills and ultimately devise a community-service initiative that will help people in their local communities.
During their time in DC, FFA members also tour the Washington Monument, War Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol. Students also arrange meetings with members of Congress. Many agricultural education teachers also attend the conference to learn new ways to motivate students and maximize their FFA chapters’ work in their communities.
Each of the week-long conferences ends with FFA members volunteering their entire day to community service. This year, FFA members will pack 400,000 meals of chicken, rice and macaroni and cheese for distribution in the greater D.C. area. Last year, FFA members packed school supplies for more than 400 students in the D.C. area.
The 2014 National FFA Organization Washington Leadership Conference is sponsored by title sponsors Monsanto and CSX and weekly sponsors TransCanada, Crop Production Services and Farm Credit.
“The National FFA Organization and Monsanto have a shared goal of supporting future leaders of the agriculture industry,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto’s customer advocacy outreach manager. “Students will learn valuable skills to lead their FFA chapters in successful community service activities and prosper in agricultural careers.” For more info, visit www.FFA.org/WLC.
“The Washington Leadership Conference underscores the reputable values of leadership, civic engagement and community service shared by FFA students and CSX employees,” said Tori Kaplan, CSX AVP of corporate social responsibility. “We are honored to do our part to develop leaders of tomorrow.”
Seth received a $740.00 scholarship from the Georgia FFA Foundation and $75.00 from the Fannin County FFA Alumni Association to attend the conference. Seth is the son of Darrel and Beckey Davis and is a junior at FCHS
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.