Madison, WI – The Gillett FFA celebrated 86 years of premier leadership, personal growth and career success at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison, June 15-18. The convention attracts 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 Ashley B., Kalea B., Hanna B., Elizabeth K., Samantha K. Danielle T. and Jacob T. attended the convention.
Danielle T. was recognized for receiving a gold rating on her equine production-placement supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program.
Jacob T. was recognized on stage for receiving a Washington Leadership Conference scholarship from the Wisconsin FFA Alumni. Jacob also was named as a national delegate to travel to the national convention with the state FFA officer team. Delegates are responsible for making recommendations for one of the nine national committees, attending convention business sessions, and voting on key issues that will guide the organization into the future.
Sarah N. submitted a two-dimensional print of a cow to the state agricultural artwork competition.
Members heard inspirational messages from keynote speakers including: Kristen Schmidt, National FFA Central Region Vice President; Barrett Keene, Dr. Jermaine Davis, and Alison Wedig, State FFA President. Students have targeted success for agriculture through their dedication to grow in leadership skills and knowledge of agriculture. This week is a celebration of the student success and recognition of FFA activities conducted across the entire state of Wisconsin.
Hanna Brock and Jacob Timm served as state delegates. They participated in committee meetings, voted on constitutional amendments and voted for the sectional officer.
“Students enrolled in agricultural education in Wisconsin schools 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 organizations due to the efforts of more than 19,000 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 tWisconsin FFA and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation visit www.wisconsinffa.org or www.wisconsinffafoundation.org.