Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Five FFA members gain leadership skills at Washington D.C. conference

Ebony Anderson, Herschel Foster, Josee Hotz, Jessie Rudolph and Roman Schmidt along with 340 other FFA members from across the country got to discover what true leadership is in the nation’s capitol.

These young high school students were asked what their purpose in life was and how they could apply that to the world and make a change. They also came up with a Living To Serve plan in which they would be able to bring back to their community to make a positive impact on it.

During this conference students were taught what diversity is, how everyone is diverse and how being diverse helps this world. They learned what being an advocate for agriculture is and how to be an advocate.

Along with many other things during this five-day conference members had the privilege to tour Washington D.C.. They toured Arlington Cemetery, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Iwo Jima, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Ford’s Theater and the house in which Abe Lincoln died, Mount Vernon, the United States Library of Congress, the White House, and also the Newseum along with many others.

The Gothenburg FFA members also had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Adrian Smith at the United States Capitol and talk about issues facing the nation.

Members also completed a community service project while at this conference in which they packed 57,216 meals for the homeless that would be distributed in the Washington D.C. area within two days. Not only was this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young leaders in our nation’s capitol but they also made relationships with people that have the same goal as them from all over the country.—Ebony Anderson, Gothenburg FFA.