November 13, 2012
I learned about FFA through my dad's high school yearbook. My dad was a member of FFA and the yearbook picture of all the FFA boys in their corduroy jackets was an inspiration to me. As a farm girl, I could not participate in sports because I had to help out on the farm after school. However, I was allowed to join FFA and participate in contests since they were directly related to my home activities. My FFA advisor became a second father to me and my FFA friends were a second family. My FFA experiences led to scholarships that allowed me to become an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor myself. Without that financial support, my life's path would have been much different. Since then, I have helped countless students reach beyond their own expectations and make a difference through agriculture and FFA. The long history of FFA adds credibility to our activities and builds connections with our communities. My grandfather used to tell stories about his trip to Kansas City for the National FFA Convention. All FFA members have stories of leadership that have helped to strengthen agriculture across our country. FFA will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of students.
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