Wheaton FFA members attend leadership conference

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Members from the Wheaton FFA Chapter recently attended the Missouri FFA Association's 2013 Leadership Adventure in Springfield on Friday, Aug. 2 at the Christopher L. Bond Learning Center in the Darr Agricultural Center at Missouri State University.

Agricultural careers, leadership development, and positive role models were the focus of the 23rd annual conference. Columbia was one of two locations for this conference; the other was in Springfield.

"This conference annually provides an excellent opportunity for Missouri FFA members to interact with other chapter, state, and national leaders," said Marvin and Karen Hoskey, conference coordinators. "The sessions foster development of leadership skills and encourage students to practice teamwork and goal setting as they get motivated for the coming school year."

Submitted photo Wheaton student attend conference FFA students from Wheaton who attended the National Leadership Conference are pictured above. In the front row, from left, are: State Officers Mitchell Blehm, First Vice-President from Area 10, and Carlee Buckner, First Vice-President from Area 16. Back row: Logan Moore, Christina Yang, Toby Banks, Yia Yang, Kim Day, Riley Brattin, Kayla Mason and Matt Hickman.

The leadership training was headed by Andrew McCrea, former state and national officer from Missouri and Corey Flournoy, former state and national officer from Illinois. They were assisted by Sonja Perry, national officer candidate from Missouri. Current state FFA officers from Missouri guided small groups during the training sessions, which were designed specifically for high school age FFA members' personal leadership development and planning for future success.

Students wanting to learn the basics of self-discovery and understanding their leadership potential were taken through activities to develop teamwork and people skills. The training focused on helping students create an advanced plan for lasting impact on the world through utilizing personal leadership traits and healthy relationships to make their goals a reality.

Over 250 members and advisors registered for the two conferences from 38 chapters across Missouri. Nearly 6,500 Missouri FFA members and advisors have attended the Leadership Adventure since its beginning in 1990.

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