FFA students bring lessons home

<I>The Eagle/Angel Carpenter</I><BR> Grant Union High School had six students representing the school's FFA chapter during the organization's Oct. 20-24 national convention in Indiana. Above, from left: Jolynn Bishop, Ashley Witty, Reed Rawlins, advisor Kris Kizer, Ross Rawlins and McKenzie Smith.

JOHN DAY - Six Grant Union students attended the Oct. 20-24 Future Farmers of America National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., having fun while learning the fundamentals of leadership.

The group said FFA is not just about farming and agriculture, but also teamwork, leadership, communication, traveling, networking, business management and gaining skills to be successful in the real world.

One of their favorite keynote speakers was Discovery Channel star Mike Rowe who celebrates hard-working Americans in his show "Dirty Jobs."

Senior Jolynn Bishop said she also enjoyed hearing from Harvey Alston.

From him she learned, "You need to have confidence in yourself to do what you want to do, and don't let anyone bring you down."

Bishop was joined on the trip by McKenzie Smith, sophomore; vice president Ashley Witty, senior; Reed and Ross Rawlins, juniors; and their FFA chapter president, senior Nicole Lane.

Lane was chosen for the FFA choir that performed songs such as "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" on stage in front of a huge crowd.

There were approximately 50,000 students at each session, said FFA advisor and GUHS ag teacher Kris Kizer who chaperoned the students with his wife Kjer.

The students were treated to a Toby Keith concert at the convention.

The FFA Mission: FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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