Bright lights, big city.

The leadership committee of the Ponchatoula FFA in Louisiana wanted to help members develop skills to further increase their personal success, so Ponchatoula FFA set out on a journey to Chicago, Ill., where they visited the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences.

Twelve FFA members, three alumni members and one advisor worked on securing the funds for the weeklong trip to Chicago. The FFA members visited the high school, toured Chicago, walked along the Magnificent Mile and the Chicago Pier, and visited the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

Ponchatoula FFA members participated in a day of leadership-building activities with FFA members from the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences, and the students learned about cultural differences as they developed close relationships while working as teammates.

The experience taught Ponchatoula FFA members that understanding diversity can make one a better leader. On returning home, they shared their newfound knowledge during an interactive presentation for the rest of Ponchatoula FFA, making sure their unforgettable experience hit home for everyone.

Ponchatoula FFA was a finalist in the 2010 National Chapter Models of Innovation award program in the area of Student Development.

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