Students learn how to become effective leaders

Taft FFA Students Cindy Kendrick, Shane Stubblefield, Jaycee Sharp, Justin Studer, Andrew Moore, and Erika Knowles attended the National FFA’s Washington Leadership Conference held in Washington D.C. last week.
During the five-day event, students attended thirteen sessions dedicated to teaching them how to become effective leaders by learning their purpose, how to value people, how to take action, and how to serve others.
Over the course of the conference students also visited Arlington National Cemetery,  Capitol Hill, the Jefferson Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Wall, the United States Marine Corp War Memorial, the Newseum, and John F. Kennedy’s grave site.
In addition students were able to observe the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and visited the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and Fords Theater.  Students also met with Congressmen and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and where given a tour of the capital by his staff.
During the last activity of the conference students packaged 70,800 meals for the needy.
The six Taft FFA Students that attended the Washington Leadership Conference left with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, community, and their country and gained a new found appreciation for the sacrifices made by many for our country.