Students attend FFA conference

ANKENY - Students from FFA chapters across Iowa attended the Discovery, 212o and 360 Leadership Conferences. These conferences in part are an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Ellie Bell, Sophie Bell, Addi Smith, Hailey Shultz, and Ellie Todd, members of the Washington FFA Chapter attended the event Nov. 11, at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

Discovery ? no me, no we; no we, no way! The Discovery Conference is unique to Iowa and is focused on connecting new students in FFA with the opportunities in FFA and the Agriculture Industry. Students also attend session that have an emphasis on personal and leadership development. Students leave the experience with a better understanding of who they are and how to work with others.

212 - the temperature at which water boils ? focuses on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211 water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets everyone to the next level. The 212o Leadership Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of all aspects of

personal growth. FFA members attended sessions on making positive decisions, setting SMART goals and taking steps towards self-improvement. 360 - takes students full circle in terms of chapter leadership. The 360 conference is focused on the importance of influence and how to become an influential leader. Students spent their time in sessions understanding the importance of influence, conducting a chapter needs assessment, crafting and influence plan for their local FFA Chapter and developing a strategy to make an influence.

This school year, more than 7,500 students across the nation will participate in a 212o or 360o Leadership Conference. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training 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.