FFA Students Learn to Lead in Washington D.C.

FFA Students Learn to Lead in Washington D.C.

FFA students in Washington D.C. FFA students in Washington D.C.

August 22, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) Thousands of FFA students have spent time in Washington D.C. this summer, learning who they are and how they can serve their community.

The historical surroundings of the nation's capital inspire FFA Secretary Olivia Doyle to make a difference. The Florida native explains, “So many important people have walked down these streets and have made an impact on the country. Having FFA members here shows that we can be those people making the impact.”??            

Doyle believes that her impact will be manifested in how she serves her community. She continues: “This conference is based on servant leadership and how to apply it in our lives. We talk about our passions and our strengths, but we also learn that they're worth nothing if we don't apply them.”

Doyle plans to apply what she's learned in FFA by inspiring others. “As unfortunate as it is,” she says, “I don’t think the typical teenager – or even younger kids – understands ag, where our food comes from, or the depth of the process that it is now. In order to increase that knowledge I think it’s really important for FFA members to become advocates and to implement ag classes in high schools.” ??             

It was an ag class that led Doyle to her FFA beginnings. “I come from no ag background whatsoever,” she relates. “I went to private school up until 8th grade and my brother got thrown into an ag class when he got into high school. He started showing pigs and getting invovled in FFA, and I became so passionate about the organization and what it had done in his life that Ilooked forward to it happening in my life.”??

As far as the future goes, Doyle plans to become an ag teacher herself – just like those who first helped fuel her passion for ag.           

More than 2,100 students registered for the 2016 Washington Leadership Conference.? It’s the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year, only behind the annual national convention, which will be held in October, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  

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