MPHS FFA members and advisors visit the Lincoln Memorial. Aiyden Botello, Lincoln Ellis, Jacob Townson, Susie Hearron, Jacob Botello, and Meagan Raine are Pictured left to right.
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MPHS FFA members attend the leadership conference in Washington D.C.
For the past fifty-three years, FFA members from across the country have converged in Washington, D.C., in the summer to evaluate their skills and interests, develop leadership talents, and create service plans to make a difference in their communities. They began the annual Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in 1969. The WLC is the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts yearly, with more than 2,300 registered students.
Four Mount Pleasant FFA members, including Lincoln Ellis, Jacob Townson, Aidyn Botello, Jacob Botello, and MPHS Advisors Susie Hearron and Meagan Raine, attended this year’s conference on June 21-25. They spent the week under the guidance of professionals, counselors, and FFA staff in workshops, seminars, and small groups. FFA members focused on identifying and developing their strengths and goals while undergoing comprehensive leadership training. This training will help them guide the MPHS FFA chapter in the upcoming school year. The capstone of the event is a civic engagement activity where participants applied what they learned to hands-on training.
Members also analyzed the needs of their communities and developed wide-ranging, high-impact community service initiatives. Students in recent years have promoted agricultural literacy, brought attention to abuse, collected and distributed shoes to individuals in Haiti, and created a hunger awareness plan. This year’s Living to Serve program was specific to the local needs in Washington, D.C., where attendees completed the service project on-site by preparing a meal-packing event to serve the hungry in Washington, D.C. The FFA members that attended the conference packed meals for 60,000 people.
In addition, MPHS FFA members experienced the history of our Nation’s Capital and toured landmarks, including the Washington Monument, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, and the U.S. Capitol. In all, it was a very successful week of learning, leading, and hands-on activities that the members will bring back to help impact our chapter and our community.