Walker Future Farmers of America members had a very busy summer.
Members attended the 83rd Louisiana State FFA Convention in Alexandria June 4-7. All members who attended the state convention participated in courtesy corps and attended leadership workshops between the sessions.
Matthew Seguin placed first in poultry production, Kody Kelly was first in outdoor recreation and Layni LeBlanc placed third in landscape management. Cassidy Waters won third place in goat production; Joseph Cantrell was third in ag mechanics, design and fabrications; and Skylar Mason placed fourth in small animal production and care.
Walker FFA was ranked third overall in the state in the national chapter award area, was ranked a superior chapter and recognized for 100 percent membership among its chapter.
Seguin, LeBlanc and Cierra Cifreo received state degrees.
Walker FFA 2014-15 Chapter President Madie Easley was chairman of the nomination committee that elected the 2015-16 Louisiana state officer team.
For the chapter’s second summer trip, Ridge Bourg, Matthew Seguin, Roger Rios, Luke Seguin, Mikayla Martin, Megan Hall, Layni LeBlanc, Rebecca Tairov and Lauren Meades attended the annual Area 4 Leadership Camp run by the state officers. The members attended a workshop put on by Brooke Townsend, a past Louisiana state officer running for national FFA office; socialized with FFA members from other chapters; wrote inspiring letters to themselves to open up on a later date; and participated in a blindfolded baby food-eating contest.
LeBlanc was the nominating committee’s choice for Area IV reporter on the last day of camp.
On the third and final stop of the summer, Walker FFA officers Matthew Seguin, Luke Seguin, Rios, LeBlanc, Martin and Hall attended the annual “Learn, Lead, Succeed” officer retreat from July 27-30.
Each officer had a partner with whom they had to prepare each meal from scratch throughout the week. Two past Louisiana State FFA officers hosted workshops and led activities, including a blindfolded obstacle course in which one officer, using words only, led a blindfolded officer through the course.
The team also worked on the program of activities for the year, including the Veterans Day program, Michael Recycle, Run-away Farm, Marvelous Monday activities, new member social, bass fishing tournament, FFA Week, mid-year retreat and fundraisers.