National FFA Convention & Expo opened on Wednesday.
By Hannah Kleckner, Newsroom and Media Relations Intern
Three…two…one…lift-off! The 86th National FFA Convention & Expo has reached ignition at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
“Ignite,” the theme for this year’s convention, is geared toward individual leadership, growth and success. It also seeks to challenge FFA members to think about how they can “ignite today and the future.”
First-time convention attendees Chris Brenner and Evyn Ysasis of the North Pole FFA Chapter (Alaska) are excited to make the most of everything the convention has to offer.
Photo: Brownfield Ag News
Madison, Wisc., is playing host to the annual World Dairy Expo this week and 2012-13 National FFA Central Region Vice President Brennan Costello paid a visit to experience the event and help the Wisconsin FFA State Officer Team during training workshops for sectional officers.
While there, Costello caught up with Brownfield’s Bob Meyer for a 9-minute radio interview covering a host of topics like the recent news of FFA growth, a review of his year serving as a national officer and even a preview of his retiring address to be delivered at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.
Be sure to check it out here!
National FFA President Clay Sapp stands with Wells FFA (Nevada) advisor Chance Crain.
by Clay Sapp
A few weeks ago the National FFA Officer Team got to hang out at our homes for little bit after some time on the road. What a reminder it was for me that school is in full swing for most of us across the country!
My dad is the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at my local high school and it seemed the whole week I was home that he was swamped. From bailing hay at the school land lab to registering members for an upcoming leadership conference, he had his hands full. Of course to him that was all perfectly normal.
As an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, he has mastered teaching daily, working with FFA members outside of school hours and managing to maintain his own farm. Does this sound familiar? I would guess that many us of have an FFA advisor or two that has constantly gone above and beyond what is in their written job description duties to serve us as agricultural education students and FFA members. Continue reading
In this edition of Officer 2 Officer, Lindsey Anderson, National FFA Western Region Vice President, talks all about the 86th National Convention & Expo and how to best plan your trip to Louisville. Find all of the great resources for Louisville by checking out the official convention web site. The official hashtag is #igniteFFA.
“He’s a Ninja!”
“Where would you take me on a date?”
Believe it or not, those are actual quotes I’ve heard while giving my favorite workshop this year. They aren’t unusual or out of line, either. Often, the sounds of pirate yells, ninja chops, villain fights and otherwise influential heroes are heard in the classrooms of Be a Hero.
This workshop is all about how to use our positive influence to be the ‘Hero of Your World.’ In it, we learn a lot about the different villains (life’s negative influences) we face each day, discover several strategies to combat them and understand our role as heroes (being a positive influence).
But before we dive into our villain and hero battles, we start each workshop by explaining some expectations that apply to all participants, including myself. They are designed to guide our learning process and serve as reminders how we can transform into leadership heroes. Continue reading