Purdy FFA students attend Greenhands Conference

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Purdy FFA members attending the annual Greenhand Conference. Pictured from left with state officers, front row from left, are: Past President Colton Spencer, Aurora; Vice President Elise Bailey, Bowling Green; First Vice President Mariah Fox, Trenton; Vice President Madelyn Warren, Chillicothe and Vice President Justin Belew, Ashland. Second row: Breanna Perkins, Makenna Orwig, Sydni Lakey, Clay Henderson, Dawson Abramovitz, Andres Aldaba, Mason Harkey and Collin Stanford. Third row: Grace Robertson, Bayleigh Robbins, Audrey Lowe, Macy Terry, Erik Cruz, Elmer Rueda, Osiel Aldava, Oscar Ortega and Matthew Nichols. Fourth row: Rylee Boyd, Kole Rea, Ky Propps, Kinsley Mattingly, Lauren Schallert, Zack Brewer, Jake Brown, Zach McCool and Axel Saldana. Contributed photo

Students work with state officers in leadership training

Twenty-six Purdy FFA members joined over 4,500 first year FFA members from more than 320 Missouri High Schools in attending the annual Greenhand Motivational Conferences.

These conferences presented by the State FFA Officers and sponsored by MFA Incorporated were held January 8-12, 2018 throughout Missouri. Through interactive workshops and skits the State FFA officers encouraged first-year FFA members to explore their talents and reach outside their comfort zone for the opportunities provided through FFA membership. Students focused on learning about being positive role models, learning to get involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members and making a positive difference in their lives, school and community. The officers helped the new agriculture students set goals for their education, careers, and FFA experience.

Eighteen conferences were held at 13 different locations throughout the state, including Missouri State University in Springfield.

The FFA is a national youth organization of over 650,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 343 chapters and more than 25,900 members in Missouri.