FFA Love: Part Two

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FFA members and alumni submitted so many lovely stories this week at our FFA Connect website. We’ll share a few of our favorites with you throughout the day.

Our second story comes from Amy Behring in Hunnewell, Missouri. Here boyfriend found a creative way to get her attention during an activity at FFA camp.

You would think that answering the question, “How has FFA impacted your life?” would be quite simple, but it has changed my life in so many ways I don’t even know where to start!

As a kid growing up in rural Missouri my older sister was a huge role model for me, seeing her success in FFA made me want to join when I became a freshman as well.

I was a shy child at the time, but after being an active member my freshman year I decided to attend Missouri FFA Camp. When I signed up to go I never dreamed it would change my life so much.

While in a session at camp I was sitting by a new friend I had just met the previous day. We had just done an activity where we  wrote positive sayings on a pieces of paper taped to the back of our shirts. My friend tells me to turn around because he wanted to write something else on my paper.

Later, when I took the paper off of my shirt, I noticed that there was a phone number written on it.

I thought, ‘What kind of joke is this?’ Turns out it wasn’t. We texted for many months and soon became great friends.

Even with a long distance between us, we were able to visit  each other and soon began dating.

FFA really did change my life! Not only did I meet my amazing boyfriend , but I also really have come out of my shell. I served as chapter Secretary my sophomore year and was elected President my Junior year.  I can’t wait to continue my journey with FFA and meet so many more people!

Do you also have a great story about your FFA experience? Submit it to us at www.connectffa.org.

FFA Love

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

FFA members and alumni submitted so many lovely stories this week at our FFA Connect website. We’ll share a few of our favorites with you throughout the day.

First,  a story of best friends who met through FFA, lost contact for a few years, and then reunited via Facebook. It was submitted to us by Shelby Thompson of Cairo, Georgia.

It was the year 2007 I believe, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  My first National FFA convention. 

Our group, from Grady County, stayed at a huge hotel with the indoor pool and pool tables.  Our first night there, we were playing pool with some other FFA kids when I met Tyler from Irwin County. 

I remember going to the meetings and sitting in the hallways in the evenings at the hotel just talking to one another, learning about each other. 

We parted after that week in Indiana. He didn’t have a phone, or any other way for me to keep in touch. Throughout the remainder of our high school FFA years, we would always run into each other at state conventions and competitions and would talk as though we had never been apart.

Then 2009 rolled around: graduation.  It was a slightly sad moment for me.  I was president of our chapter senior year, and I was going to greatly miss everything about FFA; especially being able to see–as I called him– my best friend. 

The years went by and I always wondered what he was up to, and how he was doing. 

One day in the beginning of 2012, I finally found him on Facebook. I found out that  I had been living and working  right down the road from him! And, I was always traveling through his hometown, hauling horses and hitting rodeos.  It was insane to think we were so close all along. 

We exchanged numbers and it was like we never skipped a beat.  We’ve been dating ever since and going strong. 

I thank the Lord for letting me have the privilege of being in FFA, giving me all the great opportunities I’ve been given and letting me meet such great, life long friends.  If it wasn’t for FFA, I’d have never met my best friend and the love of my life.  

Do you also have a great story about your FFA experience? Submit it to us at www.connectffa.org.

 

Believe in the Promise

While so much has changed about agriculture-from production and science to business and technology, FFA’s mission has remained rock solid: we develop the potential of students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Hear what the National FFA officers have to say about their belief in the future of agriculture and FFA:

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