FFA members attend Mo. Leadership Conference

Monday, August 8, 2016
contriburted photo Attending the conference from the local FFA chapter were: Isabell Wallace, Evan Funk, Bailey Souder, Jacob Hall, Taylor Gotmer, Haley Baker, Colin Thurman, and Paige Durham. Seated left to right in the picture are State Officers Jacqueline Janorschke, Secretary, from Area 1, and Emily Lock, First Vice-President, from Area 6.

Members from the Marshall FFA Chapter attended the Missouri FFA Association's 2016 Leadership Adventure at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Agricultural careers, leadership development and positive role models were the focus of the 26th annual conference. Columbia was one of two locations for this conference; the other was in Springfield. More than 250 members and advisors registered for the conferences from 31 chapters across Missouri, and more than 6,500 Missouri FFA members and advisors have attended The Leadership Adventure since its beginning in 1990.

According to Conference Coordinators Marvin and Karen Hoskey of Northwest Missouri State University, "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."

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. 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.