Members of the Eighth Street Middle FFA chapter attended the Georgia FFA Association’s Discovery Conference Jan. 24-25 at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center near Covington. The Discovery Conference is designed for middle school students and allows them to meet other members from across the state and get excited about the opportunities that FFA has to offer.
At the conference, FFA members were challenged to expand their comfort zones, set goals and realize the importance of agriculture in today’s world. Members learned about the history of the FFA, took part in an FFA quiz competition and met with nearly 400 members from across the state of Georgia. The Georgia state FFA officer team presented the conference and said they worked to show young agricultural education students the many benefits of becoming a member of the FFA.
“The Discovery Conference is an amazing opportunity for young FFA members,” said State FFA Secretary Makinizi Hoover. “The conference provides an engaging, interactive experience for students that attend, and we hope it will ignite their involvement in the FFA throughout middle and high school.”
Those ESMS FFA members attending the conference included Caley Driggers, Danielle Miller, Skyler Mikell, Samantha Matthews, Christian Dotson and Bryce Gilder.
With more than 35,000 members, the Georgia FFA Association is the third-largest state association in the nation. The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, changed its name in 1988 to reflect the growth and diversity of agriculture. The mission of the FFA organization is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.