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2017 FFA Members Attend Leadership Conference

Marais des Cynges Valley FFA Members Attend Washington Leadership Conference

National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference Instills Importance of Growth, Leadership, Community Service INDIANAPOLIS-National FFA Organization and Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA.

Two Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA members, Kathryn Vaught and Brookelyn Janssen along with other FFA members from throughout the country converged on Washington, D.C., this past summer to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills and create a meaningful community service plan that will make a difference in their home communities. More than 2,100 students participated in the 2017 Washington Leadership Conference, the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year. From June 13 to June 18, Vaught and Janssen  MdCV FFA members spent a week under the guidance of professionals, counselors and FFA staff members. In workshops, seminars and small groups, FFA members focused on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals while undergoing comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters. Students also analyzed the needs of their communities back home, developed a wide-range and high-impact community service initiatives and implemented their plan with the help of their FFA chapter upon return home. During their time in D.C., FFA members Vaught and Janssen also experienced the history of the nation's capital, touring landmarks including the Washington Monument, War Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol, among others. When asked about their most memorable WLC experience each was quoted, The WLC staff taught us how we can use everybody’s differences to work together and they also helped us set personal goals by teaching us how to set an achievable one, said Vaught andGoing to WLC was such a life changer. I definitely came back with an open mind and a better plan to make not just my school a better place but my community too! Seeing so many others that enjoy the same association as I do was amazing. I love meeting new people and watching how their eyes lit up when they talked about something they loved”, said Janssen.  The 2017 Washington Leadership Conference is sponsored through the National FFA Foundation by title sponsors Monsanto and CSX and weekly sponsors, Farm Credit, Growth Energy and Express Professional Employment. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


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