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National FFA Organization’s annual Washington Leadership Conference

July 3, 2013

Suzanne Pagel (left) and Elissa McLerran, Washington Leadership Conference Program Facilitator.   
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Suzanne Pagel (left) and Elissa McLerran, Washington Leadership Conference Program Facilitator.
Suzanne Pagel
Suzanne Pagel of the Fulda FFA Chapter was a member of the 48 student Minnesota delegation that attended the 2013 National FFA Washington Leadership Conference, the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year. This summer over 1,800 students have and/or will participate in one of the six week-long sessions of this annual summer conference that was created in 1969.

Pagel and the Minnesota delegation converged on Washington, D.C., June 18th - 23rd and spent the week under the guidance of educational professionals, counselors and professional FFA staff members. The conference included workshops, seminars and small groups, where the students focused on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals and underwent comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters.

“Students who attend the Washington Leadership Conference learn their purpose, how to value people, how take action and the importance of serving others,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. “They leave with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, communities and their country.”

During their time in Washington, the FFA members also had the opportunity to experience the history of the nation’s capital, touring landmarks including the Washington Monument, the war memorials, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol among others.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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