FFA members attend leadership conferences _lowres

Photo provided by Kiesha G. Nall -- Attending a recent leadership National FFA Organization conference in Lafayette are members of the East Ascension High School's FFA chapter, from left, Donquell Saylor, Daniel Stover, Steven Jackson and Kevin Caster.

Six members of the East Ascension FFA chapter attended national leadership conferences recently in Lafayette.

Students from FFA chapters across Louisiana attended the 212 Degrees and 360 Degrees Leadership Conferences held Dec. 5-6.

The conferences are an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, an FFA release said.

East Ascension students Daniel Stover, Caitlin Jacque, Steven Jackson, Donquell Saylor, Kevin Caster and Shawn Badeaux attended the conferences.

The 212 Degrees conference focused on taking students to the boiling point of leadership, the release said.

New East Ascension FFA agriscience teacher and FFA sponsor Kiesha G. Nall called the conferences a great opportunity for her students.

“At 211 degrees, water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level,” the release said.

The two-day 212 Degrees Leadership Conference focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of their passions and virtues. FFA members attended sessions on discovering their passions, making positive decisions, setting SMART goals and taking steps towards self-improvement.

The 360 Degrees event takes students full circle in terms of chapter leadership, the release said. The two-day 360 Degrees conference focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader. Students spent their time in sessions understanding the importance of vision, conducting a chapter needs assessment, crafting a vision plan for their local FFA chapter and developing a strategy to implement their vision.

This school year, more than 7,500 students across the nation will participate in the two leadership conferences.