The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


June 21, 2014

Burlington FFA members tour Washington

ENID, Okla. — With their FFA jackets packed and cross-county trip before them, three Burlington FFA members recently traveled to our nation’s capital to learn about leadership.

Lexi Clark, Sadie Collins, Abbie Newman and their FFA Advisor Mr. Travis Bradshaw, recently attended the National FFA’s Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. This five-day conference is designed to teach FFA members how to become effective leaders by learning their purpose, how to value people, how to take action and how to serve others.

After arriving in Washington with 165 other Oklahoma FFA members, the Burlington FFA members toured Mount Vernon, the home and farm of our nation’s first president, George Washington.

“It was amazing to walk through the halls of Washington’s home and see the farming techniques he was using on his operation,” Collins said.

After their arrival at the conference headquarters, Oklahoma FFA members were mixed with approximately 150 other FFA members from across the country for the duration of the conference. Members were divided into small groups and began to work on the leadership curriculum developed for the conference.

During the week FFA members toured the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Korean Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol, National Mall, White House, Smithsonian and the World War II Memorial. They also were able to meet with Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn

“I loved being able to see the monuments at night.” Newman said. “It really makes you think about the thousands of Americans who have given their lives to defend our country.”

FFA members also had the opportunity to tour the Newseum, one of the newest museums that highlights the progress of American journalism. Clark said she particularly enjoyed this experience as she has been active in writing and photography through the FFA’s agricultural communications career development event.

“Seeing the exhibit featuring the best photographs of the year inspired me to work on my photography skills this next year,” Clark said.

The conference was concluded with members packaging food to ship to needy children in Third World countries.

These three Burlington FFA members said they hope to take the lessons and leadership skills acquired during their week in Washington back to their chapter and encourage their fellow chapter members to continue to make a difference.

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