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Local FFA goes to nationals

Posted: Thursday, Nov 8th, 2012

From left are Alamosa FFA Advisor Kevin Rice, Michiala Singer, Merecades Sanchez, Sierra Gallegos, Brenna Rivale, Madison Howard, Andrew Novatany, Justin Sanchez, Emily Kennison, Alycia Lucero, Dr. Robert Flores (Cal Poly), Dr. Dexter Wakefield and Roger Phelps, STIHL USA.

ALAMOSA — To celebrate diversity in FFA and examine ways to empower and advance Latino and Hispanic youth in agricultural education programs and FFA chapters throughout the country, “Somos FFA, We are FFA” was the theme of a workshop attended by Alamosa FFA Members at the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Alamosa members joined FFA members from Nebraska, Texas, California and Puerto Rice in a round table discussion to assist the National FFA in ways to improve opportunities for minority students in Agriculture Education.

“Hispanics and Latinos represent the nation’s largest-growing minority population and it’s important we recognize these accomplishments and value our differences as we strive to promote wholeness in our organization,” said Dr. Dexter Wakefield, director of diversity and inclusion at the National FFA Organization.

“The term “Somos” says it all: We are FFA.”

“Alamosa FFA members were indeed fortunate to voice their opinions, ideas and give input at a national level while interacting with FFA members from all over the world” said Kevin Rice, Alamosa FFA Advisor.

Ed Avalos the highest ranking Latino in the USDA addressed the group at a luncheon.

Alamosa FFA Member Mercades Sanchez was then presented an FFA Jacket by Dr. Steve Brown on stage during the second general assembly.

Opening session highlights include the national officer team showcasing this year’s convention theme “Grow” and features motivational speaker and Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton.

The trip also included a stop in St. Louis to visit downtown, Union Station and a trip to the top of the Arch. While in Indianapolis the members attended the convention for three days, toured the 500 Speedway and were special guests at the Indian Downs Racetrack.

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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.

The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.

For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

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