Hartem FFA hosts section officer and greenhand leadership training
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[September 21, 2012]
-- On Wednesday, Hartsburg-Emden High School was the setting
for the Illinois Future Farmers of America, Section 14 Leadership
Training School. Section 14 is one of 25 FFA sections in Illinois
and is represented by high schools in New Berlin, Athens,
Williamsville, A-C Central, Mount Pulaski, Greenview, Lincoln and
Pleasant Plains as well as Hartsburg-Emden.
FFA is a high school organization that focuses on agriculture and
the life opportunities that arise from participation and leadership
in this area. The FFA has been recognized as one of the top
organizations in the country for awarding college scholarships.
Hartsburg-Emden High School Principal Terry Wisniewski welcomed more
than 100 FFA members for the evening of leadership workshops.
Cole Baker, Section 14 president, and the Section 14 officer team
began the training with a fun session on proper FFA dress. Baker is
also president of the Hartem FFA.
Participating in the workshops were current Section 14 chapter
officers as well as greenhands, those students who have joined FFA
for the first time.
After a meal in the cafeteria, the two groups split up, and three
students from the University of Illinois Agriculture College
conducted training for the current officers.
The workshop for the greenhands was conducted by the Illinois FFA
president, Darren Riskedal from Leeland, and Dalton Heavner from
Pittsfield, vice president.
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Riskedal and Heavner are recent high school graduates who are
making a one-year full-time commitment to the FFA before entering
college. Riskedal will attend the University of Illinois, and
Heavner will attend Lincoln Land Community College and Oklahoma
Riskedal and Heavner are traveling around the state during their
terms in office to visit the 25 Illinois FFA sections during the
year. The state FFA office is in Springfield.
Riskedal gave the keynote address to conclude the evening. He
stressed the leadership values of cooperation, communication,
responsibility and trust, all hallmarks of the FFA community that
are integral to FFA members throughout their lives, whether they
continue with an agricultural profession or chose another.
[By CURT FOX]