The Wisconsin Association of FFA celebrated 84 years of premier leadership, personal growth and career success at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison June 11 to 13. The convention attracted over 3,000 members, advisors, parents, alumni and sponsors to celebrate their year’s success and support for students involved in agricultural education.
Gillett FFA members Abbey Horsens, Evan Rank, Kallie Rank and Rachel Ransom attended the convention.
Abbey Horsens was recognized for receiving a gold rating on her dairy production-placement supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program.
Kallie Rank received the Wisconsin FFA Degree, the highest degree a state association can bestow on a member. To receive their state degree students must have have completed at least 2 years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at our above the ninth grade level, which includes an SAE, have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or have worked at least 300 hours outside of schedule class time through an SAE, participated in the planning and implementation of the chapter’s Program of Activities, participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level and completed at least 25 hours of community service.
Ms. Claflin facilitated the “Change Lives, Teach Ag” workshop with Mr. Santy for students interested in pursuing a career in teaching agriculture. Participants were up on their feet discussing qualities of ag teachers and the benefits of the job. They also learned about the critical shortage across the nation of ag teachers and heard from current teachers and college students.
“Students enrolled in agricultural education in Wisconsin schools and who are members of the FFA have a fantastic opportunity for leadership and career development,” said Wisconsin FFA Executive Director Cheryl Zimmerman. “The Wisconsin FFA Convention is our opportunity to recognize the importance of the education of our society about agriculture and the achievement of young people who are the future leaders of the agriculture industry.”
The Wisconsin Association of FFA is a leading student organization due to the efforts of more than 18,000 students across the state. With a focus on premier leadership, personal growth and career success, students’ FFA activities complement agricultural classroom instruction by giving them an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience. These activities are dependent on donor funding through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. For more information about Wisconsin FFA and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation visit http://www.wisconsinffa.org or http://www.wisconsinffafoundation.org, become a fan of Wisconsin FFA Foundation on Facebook, or call 715-659-4807.