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Local teen embarks on busy journey as FFA state officer

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011, at 10:22 AM

In April of this year, I was blessed with the amazing opportunity to serve for a year as the Missouri FFA State Secretary. I still cannot find the words to describe how much it means to me to be able to represent such a wonderful organization. Over the past four months I have been some amazing places, and met hundreds of FFA members that have shown me how promising the future of agriculture is. Now, I would like to share some of my summer journey with you.

In May, we had our first training session, called BLAST Off. We spent a week in Jefferson City at the Missouri Farm Bureau building working with Andrew McCrea, an outstanding teacher and leader. If you haven't heard his radio show, American Countryside, he is an amazing advocate for agriculture and has traveled all across the country speaking with people in order to tell agriculture's story. That week with Andrew was spent mostly on working with our individual strengths, planning FFA Camp, and fine-tuning other skills we would need throughout our year. It was the first time our entire team was together, and we used that week to really get to know each other and bond. It was great spending time together, but the life of a state officer is a hectic one, and as soon as that training session was over, it was off to our next activity.

Myself and three other officers traveled to Warrensburg, Missouri for three days in early June for the Missouri FFA Public Speaking Academy. This three day camp focuses on teaching students skills need to effectively organize and write speeches. We got to work very closely with students those three days on developing their speech topics, gathering information, and writing their speeches. We then culminated the camp with a speech contest among all the participants. I was in awe at how far the students had come in three days. Missouri FFA has so many talented students who are passionate about the agriculture industry! The future of agriculture is in good hands with these students. Public Speaking Academy was an event that really prepared me for one of the highlights of my summer: Missouri State FFA Camp.

Look for more about camp in next week's entry.

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A 2010 Malta Bend High School graduate, Kelsey Forqueran is now serving as the 2011-12 state secretary for the Missouri FFA Association. She has agreed to share her busy year with us in a blog. Kelsey just began her freshman year at Central Methodist University, where she is majoring in communications.