Over 100 middle and high school students who are members of the Maine FFA Association (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) gathered at the University of Maine in Presque Isle on November 19, 2021 for a workshop on leadership skills and FFA opportunities.
The FFA is available to students in Grades 7-12 at schools offering an Agriculture or Natural Resources course / program that has established an FFA Chapter. As the largest student-run organization in the United States, with more than 750,000 members, the FFA relies on its student officers to conduct activities and training.
The November 19 workshop was no exception, as the three state FFA agents, Nickie Deschaine, president; Delaney McKeen, vice-president; and Ryder Brewer, Secretary-Treasurer, presented self-developed sessions to FFA students at Ashland High School, Ashland Middle School, Easton Junior / Senior High School, the Central Aroostook High School, Central Aroostook High School, Presque Isle Regional Career & Technical Center and Washburn High School.
The topics of the workshop included: “What is FFA? “Leadership Qualities”, “Balancing Life” and “Opportunities in FFA”. The opportunities cited by the FFA included travel, competitions, awards, scholarships and a number of specific events available to members. Workshop participants left with information and resources to make the most of their school years and FFA experiences.
For more information on FFA and on creating an FFA Chapter, please contact: Doug Robertson, Maine FFA State Advisor, Maine Department of Education, 207-624-6744, [email protected]