Minnesota FFA chapters will host the national FFA officers Jan. 7-13. They will travel over 1,000 miles across the state to meet hundreds of FFA members and supporters.
Each year, only one state is selected to serve as the training ground for the national FFA officers. During their training, the six national officers will perfect keynote addresses and workshops before using them during their travels as national officers.
The national officers will visit the following locations:
Thursday, Jan. 7 Eden Valley-Watkins, Melrose
Friday, Jan. 8 Perham, Staples-Motley, Upsala
Saturday, Jan. 9 Upsala
Sunday, Jan. 10 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Monday, Jan. 11 Sleepy Eye, Fairmont, Randolph
Tuesday, Jan. 12 Rockford, Dassel-Cokato, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, Jan. 13 Academy for Sciences & Agriculture
Each national officer will deliver their keynote address based on their own personal life experiences. The officers will also present workshops, which include the following topics:
Sarah Draper (Utah): Look Up and Look Out – Having gratitude and serving others.
Sydney Snider (Ohio): Destination Awesome – How can our strengths help others?
Nick Baker (Tennessee): Grit: Passion and Persistence help us accomplish our goals
Taylor McNeel (Arkansas): Live the Journey – Being present in our journey
Abbey Gretsch (Georgia): #Struggle is Real – Overcoming hardships
Abrah Meyer (Iowa): The Price is Right – Valuing others
The national officer team was elected at the annual National FFA Convention on Saturday, Oct. 31 in Louisville, Kentucky. Throughout their year of service, they will travel nearly 100,000 miles and influence thousands of FFA members and supporters.
Here’s the 2015-16 theme for this year’s state FFA chapters: Together we.. Anyone you know in here?
About the Minnesota FFA Association
FFA is a national organization developing students’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. It has more than 600,000 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The Minnesota FFA Association represents nearly 11,000 members and almost 200 high school chapters across the state.
Agricultural education engages students through hands-on learning in the classroom, work-based learning opportunities known as Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects and FFA activities.