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Members Attend National Leadership Conference

ANKENY, Iowa-- Students from FFA chapters across Iowa attended the Discovery, 212 o and 360° Leadership

Conferences. These conferences are an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by title

sponsor Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Hannah Clubb and Sophia Stratton,

members of the Fairfield FFA Chapter attended the event November 12, 2016 at the FFA Enrichment Center in

Ankeny.

Discovery – a program offered specifically for 7 th and 8 th grade students and focuses on shifting the leadership

focus from “me” to “we” while utilizing the FFA Mission. Participants learned about emotional growth,

opportunities in agriculture, and how to become a servant leader.

212° - the temperature at which water boils – focuses on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At

211° water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The one-day 212 o Leadership

Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of all aspects of

personal growth. FFA members attended sessions on finding their passions and core virtues, decision-making,

character, and building connections. Students leave this experience with a personal plan for self-improvement.

360° - takes students full circle in terms of chapter leadership. The one-day 360° 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 having a vision for their chapter, setting goals, recruiting followers, being

persistent, and tracking success. 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 a 212 o or 360 o Leadership

Conference. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training

through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters

throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.