Marshall FFA attends 23rd annual Leadership Adventure conference

Monday, August 26, 2013
From left, front row: state officers Miriam Martin, first vice-president from area 3, and Rylyn Small, first vice-president from area 15; and, second row: Kayla Elson, Skyler Thurman, Kinzie Miller, Daniel Foose, Katie Wansing, Brandon Cline, Mason Sandidge, back row: Zach Petzoldt, Quiz Falls, Drew Mizer and Chadron Kane, members of the Marshall FFA chapter, attended the conference. (Contributed photo)

Members from the Marshall FFA Chapter recently attended the Missouri FFA Association's 2013 Leadership Adventure in Columbia held Wednesday, July 31, at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center.

Agricultural careers, leadership development and positive role models were the focus of the 23rd annual conference. Columbia was one of two locations - the other in Springfield - for this conference. Over 250 members and advisors registered for the two conferences from 36 chapters across Missouri. Nearly 6,500 Missouri FFA members and advisors have attended The Leadership Adventure since its beginning in 1990.

"This conference annually provides an excellent opportunity for Missouri FFA members to interact with other chapter, state and national leaders. The sessions foster development of leadership skills and encourage students to practice teamwork and goal setting as they get motivated for the coming school year," according to conference coordinators Marvin and Karen Hoskey.

The leadership training was headed by Andrew McCrea, former state and national officer from Missouri, and Corey Flournoy, former state and national officer from Illinois. They were assisted by Sonja Perry, national officer candidate from Missouri. Current state FFA officers from Missouri guided small groups during the training sessions, which were designed specifically for high-school-age FFA members' personal leadership development and planning for future success. Students wanting to learn the basics of self-discovery and understanding their leadership potential were taken through activities to develop teamwork and people skills. The training focused on helping students create an advanced plan for lasting impact on the world through utilizing personal leadership traits and healthy relationships to make their goals a reality.

Attending the conference from the Marshall FFA chapter were: state officers Miriam Martin, first vice-president from area 3, and Rylyn Small, first vice-president from area 15; and Kayla Elson, Skyler Thurman, Kinzie Miller, Daniel Foose, Katie Wansing, Brandon Cline, Mason Sandidge, Zach Petzoldt, Quiz Falls, Drew Mizer and Chadron Kane.