Students attend national conferences – Shelbyville Times-Gazette

Students attend national conferences - Shelbyville Times-Gazette 1

Front (from left): Taylor Woodcock, Trace Taylor, Brigette Swafford and Mariah Bowen. Second row (from left): Gabbie Neff, Emily Crabtree, Mary Bennett, Brooklyn Taylor, Allison McCarty, Courtney Mansfield, Lindsey Stephens, Rhiannon Overcast, Payton Costello and Mariana Ochoa. Third row (from left): Mike Swafford(Cascade FFA Advisor), Jonathan Parker, Braden York, Dalton Puckett, Lawson Lemmon, Hunter Lemmon, Brett Harden, Carridwen Kaiding, Emma Alexander, Bailey Cox and Calli Gregory. Back row: Tommy Green, Shelbyville FFA advisor.

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Students from FFA chapters across Tennessee attended the 212 Degrees and 360 Degrees Leadership Conferences. These conferences are an activity of the National FFA organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta with additional support from Helena Chemical Co. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Eleven members of the Cascade FFA Chapter and fourteen members of the Shelbyville FFA Chapter attended the event November 18-19, 2016 in Doyle.

212 Degrees — the temperature at which water boils — focuses on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211 degrees water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The two-day leadership conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of all aspects of personal growth. FFA members attended sessions on mental, emotion, physical and social growth. Students leave this experience with a personal plan for self-improvement.

360 Degrees — takes students full circle in terms of chapter leadership. The two-day conference is focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader. Students spent their time in sessions understanding the importance of building health relationships, being trustworthy, making critical decisions and collaborating with others. Students leave this conference with the necessary understanding and skills to be a person of influence in their chapters and communities.

This school year, more than 7,500 students across the nation will participate in one of these leadership conferences.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agriculture education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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