Marshall FFA students attended the Longview District FFA Convention Tuesday at Sabine High School, gathering with over 300 other students from 23 schools.
Marshall FFA students were given the responsibility to vote on FFA Talent Teams, District Officer Candidates and Area contests at Tuesday’s meeting. Through this process, students learn the value of speaking ability, hard work and dedication and also decide the fates of other student members who will advance on to the Area and State levels.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to make these decisions and lead the entire organization with their votes,” said Jessica Shadix, MHS Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor. “There are over 500,000 members throughout the country and Marshall FFA has 340 proud members that are stepping up and succeeding in the opportunities that are given to them.”
Shadix also expressed that FFA Organizations are not just geared toward “farming,” a common misconception.
“Oh no, FFA is not just for farmers,” she said. “The experiences that are gained from our travels are endless and far-reaching. The opportunities that are presented to students are varied and include something for all students.”
The National FFA Organization is the largest student-led organization in the world. Student-led means that all decisions, at all levels, are made by students – including rules, attire, bi-laws and many other aspects of the organization. This process is vital to the FFA and learning the process is important throughout the lives of all Americans. President Donald Trump recently mentioned the FFA in a speech on Jan. 8 to the American Farm Bureau, citing “it’s the future of our country…their devotion to our nation inspires us all.”
The FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too!
As different as we are, we all desire the same. No matter who we choose to love, how big our bank account, how light or dark our skin, who we vote for, how old or young, where we grew up, how strong our accent or what language we speak, we have a need for the same thing. We all want a sense of belonging. We all want a place where we are respected, connected and affirmed.
To build an empowered community and more inclusive organization where every person is respected, connected and affirmed.
Deliver national programs and provide resources that serve as a model in removing barriers and creating opportunities for success for every student, every day, in every classroom.