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South Tama County FFA Attends Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference

May 7, 2019
By Laney Princehouse - F F A Reporter , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama FFA Chapter took a total of 11 students to the State Leadership Conference in Ames, Iowa on April 15th and 16th. They attended workshops, three different sessions, had two members participate as delegates in the business meeting and attended the agriculture career and college fair. President Skyler Steveson said that "State convention is always such a great way to communicate with businesses and peers about what is going on and changing in the agriculture industry and to learn about what different activities that other chapters participate in/host throughout the state."

During one of the workshops lead by two Oregon State Officers the students attended they learned how to become 'RAKstars' by discovering the power of kindness and how they can bring random acts of kindness to their home and school. FFA member Abby Sandvick stated, "It was interesting learning the ways that other schools incorporate little acts of kindness into their school and how they do it."

Wyatt Crain and Skyler Steveson represented the chapter as delegates during the business meeting where the helped amend a few rules for the State, approve the new budget and vote for the new State FFA Officer team. "It was a great opportunity to be a delegate member at state, see behind the scenes a bit and especially to help decide the new state officer team." Skyler Steveson said.

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Back Row: Nate Drummer, Caitlyn Stochl, Abbigail Froelich. Middle Row: Rachel Silhanek, Abby Sandvick Front Row: Laney Princehouse, Skyler Steveson, Sydney Parizek. -Photos Provided

First Session

During the first general session, South Tama FFA members witnessed the newly chartered chapters, watched the recognition of the chapters celebrating their 75th anniversary. They also listened to the retiring addresses of Chandler Jahner who told us to "find your missing piece and to find your full potential" and Jodie Mauser. During this session, Skyler Steveson proudly walked across the stage and received the ambassador award for the South Tama County FFA Chapter.

During the second general session, the FFA members watched as other students brought in the FFA flags. The state FFA officers recognized Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, and the officers from other states that came to help put on the convention. They listened to the FFA band and chorus and heard retiring addresses from state officers Jake Hlas, Cole Reiman, and Alexis Berte. Jake Hlas proudly represented Tama County talking about not letting the "hard times define you and instead let them direct you to the best version of yourself." Cole Reiman helped us realize that "no one can take your first steps for you," and Berte wants us to "choose to grow."

Leadership Convention

The last event the students attended while at the State Leadership convention was the third general session.This session included the recognition of proficiency awards and rising star awards. Also, state officers Laken Mullinix, Gwen Black, and Lane Morrison gave their retiring addresses. Mullinex spoke on stop wasting your time on distractions and begin pursuing your passions. Black's key point was to make sure that you take in the moments, make the memories and take your time. Lane Morrison talked about how we need to keep dreaming big and show the world what you believe in! Wrapping up this session was National FFA President Luke O'Leary, giving a National Officer Address telling us to find your joy, and find it in every situation.

While at the State FFA Convention the chapter member learned great leadership skills, and self-confidence and kindness during the workshops. They also learned the ways of getting involved during their FFA career.

 
 
 

 

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