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Learning Leadership Through FFA Chapter at MVHS

Learning Leadership Through FFA Chapter at MVHS
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Mt. Vernon High School’s National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization chapter has been doing great things! FFA is an organization that “Grows leaders, builds communities and strengthens agriculture,” and that is exactly what the Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) chapter members are doing. FFA is more than farming; it is an activity that develops strong leadership skills for our students at MV, who participate in contests, build projects and more. 

This year, MVHS FFA traveled to the Indianapolis Convention Center for the National FFA Convention and Expo where they attended leadership workshops, learned about various agriculture organizations, and met new people from chapters all over the nation. Some of the members even competed in contests and attended other Leadership Development Events (LDEs), where topics ranged from Horticulture Demonstration to Extemporaneous Public Speaking. 

Mt. Vernon FFA Chapter President, Lillie Fronek, says, “I always like to emphasize that FFA is not just for people who are from a farming background or want to be farmers. Not only is agriculture so much more than that, but FFA has so many opportunities to develop leadership skills and personal skills that can be learned through lessons and workshops. Even for people who don't want a career in agriculture, I feel that there is a place for everyone. We have really been working on making it an open and welcoming environment for everyone because the more people that are involved, the more amazing things we can do!”

This group of high school students are involved inside and outside of school. In February, the MVHS FFA chapter orgnized a community breakfast at MVHS, which raised over $2500 for the group, along with a NineStar donation that allowed them to purchase additional supplies. 

FFA Grow tower

Also at the high school, they were able to show off their hydroponic grow tower at lunch, right outside of the cafeteria. This innovation allows for produce to be grown faster and more efficiently. This was purchased through a grant from the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation. It was an opportunity for FFA students to share how hydroponics works, get people excited about agriculture and reveal just one of the fascinating projects that are being developed. 

FFA Club Sponsor, Mrs. Lucinda Blair, says, “Agriculture Education and FFA can be for anyone,” as she explains how students may come in wanting to learn about one topic, but “leave with a broad knowledge that they are able to use as young adults.” 

The group hopes to host a community engagement event soon to become even more involved in the community and school system. Shoutout to these amazing student leaders!