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Deana Crosson, of the Clopton FFA chapter, recently attended the National FFA Organization’s 2013 Washington Leadership Conference on June 4-8.
The annual conference focuses on leadership development, personal growth and community service. More than 2,200 students from throughout the U.S. who are FFA members attended one of the conference’s six week-long sessions in June and July.
Crosson worked with other members from across the U.S. to develop Living to Serve Plans to bring back to the local community and reach others throughout the state. Deana made a LTS plan to stop bullying in schools. She plans to start with her local FFA chapter and work with other school organizations and the community to put the plan into action and make a difference.
In addition to working to develop Living to Serve Plans, members toured many sights in Washington D.C., networked with members from across the country and built many unforgettable relationships. The conference provided a motivation for our members to make a difference in the lives of our students and community.
Crosson, along with other Missouri FFA members, Senator Roy Blunt and Missouri Congressman Sam Graves about issues in agriculture. They shared their experiences with the conference and toured inside The Nation’s Capital.
The 2013 National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference is sponsored through the National FFA Foundation by Monsanto, CSX, and Farm Credit.
The conclusion of each weekly session of the Washington Leadership Conference is a Day of Service, where students work together on a real, hands-on community-service project. Students worked together to put together back to school backpacks and teacher trunks for local D.C. schools working with the CSX program. Students were able utilize leadership skills to serve the local students and teachers.
“CSX is proud to support the participation of FFA members in this life-changing leadership development conference,” said Tori Kaplan, AVP, CSX Corporate Social Responsibility. “The Washington Leadership Conference is an awesome opportunity for students to learn how to become a visionary and develop their decision-making and goal-setting skills while expanding their understanding of agribusiness and participating in community service. The experience and skills that students will learn will stay with them for a lifetime.”