TIFTON, GA – The 8th Street Middle, Northeast Campus, and Tift County High School FFA chapters recently attended the 2nd Annual South Region Leadership Rally held at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture formally known as the Agrirama in Tifton, GA. The South Region FFA Leadership Rally’s intention is to spark the interest of FFA members in the South Region and motivate member involvement in their local FFA Chapter for the coming school year. By preparing for competition in Career Development Events, participating in local Community Service projects and leadership conferences and conventions, FFA Members get an edge on other students by starting the transition into becoming a servant leader . While attending the South Region Leadership Rally members heard from speakers from Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, University of Georgia – Tifton Campus, and the South Region State FFA Vice President, Courtney Barber. Students also experienced agriculture’s past through touring the Georgia Museum of Agriculture facilities. Students also rotated through over ten different leadership activities lead by the Area 5, Area 6 and State FFA Officers. Through these activities students learned communication, team work and leadership skills that can be used in our community. “The South Region Leadership Rally was an excellent opportunity for us to take the big step forward and get out of our comfort zones” says Area 5 FFA Junior Representative Ivey Cook.
During the South Region Leadership Rally students also were able to compete in a variety of events that will help the students know what they would like to compete in during the upcoming school year. These Career Clustered Events included: Horticulture Plant Identification, Animal Science Identification, Global Positioning System Mapping Course, Agriculture Mechanics Identification, an Opening and Closing Ceremonies Contest (formal meeting procedures) and an Advisor’s Challenge.
A special thank you goes out to the Georgia Peanut Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Tift County Kiwanis Club, Georgia Forestry Commission, ABAC FFA, UGA Tifton FFA the Tift County FFA Alumni.
FFA is a national organization of over 501,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture and Georgia ranks 3rd in the national in total FFA membership.
FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Contact: Trisha Lastly