From Enterprise Staff
Onalaska FFA students Samantha Valdez, Katy Stolley, Lilith Maichetti, AJ Pinkert and Rylee Taylor, served as ambassadors for the Texas FFA Foundation during the 93rd annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 5-9. The foundation ambassadors served as liaison to sponsors, special guests and dignitaries on behalf of the Texas FFA during the annual convention. Sixty-four students served this year.
“The Texas FFA Foundation Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to professionally network with some of our state and country’s top executives in business, education, agriculture and leadership,” Texas FFA Foundation Executive Director Aaron Alejandro said. “It is an honor to serve as a foundation ambassador. It is a program that parents, teachers, schools and communities can be proud their students are experiencing. Student participation can serve as a competitive edge with academic activities, career exploration and college pursuits.”
Ambassadors received comprehensive virtual training focused on donor relations, personal skills development and professional networking. They were taught to lead in a virtual world, and how to “Live Your Brand” on social media. Ambassadors led the innovative virtual scavenger hunt and social media challenge which connected students with sponsors, business leaders and stakeholders. Ambassadors discovered unique ways to highlight sponsors and recognize their generous support to agricultural science education and the Texas FFA.
During the annual convention, more than $2.3 million in scholarships were awarded and 2,500-plus students were recognized for their accomplishments at the state level. The 93rd annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 10,000 members and guests. Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 139,000. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.mytexasffa.org.