Group’s national VP says he found his place in FFA _lowres

Photo provided by MANDY SAVOY DELAUNE -- St. Amant High School FFA members greet a national officer during a recent visit. Gathering at the school are, from left, FFA Secretary Cory Alleman, State Area IV Vice President Calab Danos, John Hammatt Sentinel, Treasurer Jacob Smith, Central Region Vice President Steven Brockshus, President Megan Bordelon, Vice President Katie Costanza, State President Christen Wall and Reporter Blake LaBauve.

A national vice president of the National FFA Organization recently visited the St. Amant High FFA Chapter.

Steven Brockshus, the National FFA Central Region vice president, of Iowa, talked to the students about his life as a fifth-generation dairy farmer and longtime FFA member.

Brockshus was a member of the FFA in high school and college, a news release from the school said.

“I joined so many activities in high school to find out where I belonged. However, while I didn’t feel out of place in any of them, I found something special in FFA,” Brockshus said.

FFA officers from St. Amant High School greeted Brockshus at the airport, took him on tours of local bayous, then treated him to a traditional south Louisiana dinner. He was introduced to peeling shrimp and boiled crabs for the first time, the release said.

Brockshus, who was in town during the school’s first Chapter Fun Night, worked with Kristin Wall and Caleb Danos to complete team-building activities, the release said.

They also participated in inflatable horse races and life-sized foosball games. Alumni members Jimmy and Rachel Bordelon served jambalaya.

One of the responsibilities of national FFA officers is to be an advocate for the FFA, the release said. Brockshus was able to address all agriscience classes during the day and more than 60 agriscience students in the Gold Dome that evening. He talked with students about being involved in FFA and how to be a successful team member. After several interactive activities, Brockshus offered the students a challenge: “Make a choice and get involved in FFA.”

As the FFA reaches an all-time membership record of 610,240, its membership is limited to students enrolled in agriscience courses. At St. Amant High, those courses include agriscience I, agriscience II, agriscience III, welding, electricity, carpentry, veterinary assistant and horticulture.

To wrap up the week, some alumni members and students took Brockshus to hunt for frogs.

FFA members said they look forward to seeing Brockshus and his fellow officers as they host the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, later this month.

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