MORRIS, NY — Each year, FFA members from all across the United States travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in a 5-day FFA Leadership Conference. During this event, students learn how they can become an effective leader in the school and community. Three students from the Charles G. May FFA Chapter, along with Jon English, Animal Science teacher and FFA Advisor, attended this conference.
Morgan Hauslauer is the President of the Charles G. May FFA Chapter. She is a senior from York Central Schools and a student in the Animal Science Program at the Mt. Morris Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center.
Morgan describes her experience at this event as life changing.
“I learned so much about myself and others. I shared a room with three girls from Utah, Tennessee and Wisconsin. We shared our beliefs and our ways and were able to understand our differences. During sessions, students analyzed the needs of their communities, developed a wide-ranging and high impact community service initiative and came up with ideas to implement their plan with the help of their FFA chapter,” Morgan explained. “Many students’ ideas included promoting agricultural literacy, bringing awareness of abuse, and creating awareness plans on hunger.”
FFA member Connor Cox, a senior from Dansville and an Animal Science student, also attended this conference. He roomed with two young men from Oregon and Ohio.
“I spoke with students from all across our country and learned about the different FFA Chapters and agricultural programs at different schools. Our program is different from many other schools because we get lots of hands-on experiences working with the animals. Not many schools have a working farm like we have on our campus,” Connor said. “At the end of the conference, all 300 students came together to complete a community service project. We put together boxes of food that were delivered to area shelters.”
English chaperoned these students and escorted students as they visited many national monuments.
“We visited the Library of Congress and Arlington Cemetery where we witnessed the Changing of the Guard. We also toured the Capital Building, Smithsonian Museum, the Iwo Jima Memorial (United States Marine Corps War Memorial), and many other national landmarks,” English said. “Students had the opportunity to meet, and network with other students who have similar interests in agriculture. Most importantly, the leadership skills and knowledge these students gained are invaluable as they put these skills to use to benefit their schools and communities.”