Topics for this 23rd annual event included agricultural careers, leadership development and positive role models. Springfield was one of two locations for the conference; the other was in Columbia. Over 200 members and advisors registered for the two conferences from 40 chapters across the state.
"This conference annually provides an excellent opportunity for Missouri FFA members to interact with other chapter, state and national leaders," said Marvin Hoskey, conference co-coordinator. "The sessions foster development of leadership skills and encourage students to practice teamwork and goal-setting as they get motivated for the upcoming school year."
Andrew McCrea, former state and national officer from Missouri, and Corey Flournoy, former state and national officer from Illinois headed the leadership training. Mareta Sherman, national officer candidate from Missouri, assisted. Current state FFA officers from Missouri guided small groups during the leadership training sessions, which were conducted for two high school age groups: advancing new frontiers for freshmen and sophomores who want to learn the basics of self-discovery and understanding their leadership potential; and starting the expedition process for juniors and seniors to create an advanced plan for lasting impact on the world through personal leadership traits and healthy relationships to make their goals a reality.
Purdy students attending the conference included: Doni Craig, Deana Burch, Chelsea Mareth, Bailey Spears, Kaitlyn Carpenter, Taylor Reynolds, Brittany Hayes, Kaitlin Brigman and Melanie Heston.