In case you missed it! 85th Missouri FFA Convention Highlights

Jaelyn Burgman, Missouri FFA State President giving some convention highlights.

Burbon FFA was this year’s Farm Bureau video contest winner.

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Missouri’s 85th FFA Convention to be held in Columbia

The Ag Lady

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Top left: The Hearnes Center is all ready for the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. Top right: Missouri FFA State FFA Officers prepare for sessions on Thursday and Friday. Bottom left: Missouri FFA State Officer, Samantha Gibson, candidly poses during the officer meeting. Bottom right: Lisa Evans, Central District Supervisor, sorts plaques for the award ceremonies.

COLUMBIA, Mo. , April 16, 2013 — Blue corduroy jackets will flood Columbia on April 18 – 19, to honor fellow members for outstanding achievements, conduct association business, elect new officers and participate in leadership workshops at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention.

Value The Past, Embrace Your Future is the theme for this year’s annual convention, which is expected to attract more than 8,000 students and guests to the Hearnes Center on the University of Missouri campus.

For the past year, the Missouri FFA State officer team has been working hard to plan this year’s…

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FFA Convention and All that Jazz…

As some of you may know this week marks a very important week to many FFA members across the state. For some it’s preparing for contest teams, looking forward to sessions and keynote speakers, or in my case—looking forward to a time of reflection from this past year. Words cannot describe all of the friendships, countless memories, laughs, car troubles, and life experiences that have truly changed my life. I am so excited for members to finally arrive and to hear the first tap of the gavel at the opening session.

I am so thankful for every opportunity that the Lord has given me. When I think back to the beginning of the year I set goals for myself and that was to leave an impact on others, and to never let an opportunity pass that I may regret later. The Greek god Caerus, was well known for his unique hair style. Also known as the opportunity statue, Caerus’s was bald in the back with only a small tough of hair in the front. His hair was supposed to represent how opportunities can pass you buy. As you pass by him, you can grab his hair, but once he has past there is none to hold on to. Once an opportunity passes you by, you can no longer seize it. I only hope to keep this idea with me over the years for the constant reminder of how precious time can be.

I have learned many lessons this year and although I am beginning to close a memorable chapter in my life, I know that my involvement will never change unless I chose to do so. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Keeping the Tradition

ImageWell ladies and gentlemen this time of year marks a busy time in our lives where countless hours are spent gearing up for contest season and competing in CDE and LDE events all over the state!  Needless to say I am excited for this year’s Missouri State FFA Convention to finally become a reality. The first time I can remember attending convention was when my older sister walked on stage to sing the National Anthem. That day marked the first time I had seen the organization as something larger than just an extracurricular activity. To see so many students across this state who had worked hard for the opportunity to compete and attend sessions of one of the country’s largest State Associations, I was amazed at the excitement. Since then convention has always been one of my favorite events of the year, and this year I am so excited for my opportunity to be a part of it.

FFA members it has been such an honor to have served you this year and I hope to continue over the years to give back to the organization. I can honestly say that as I have traveled across the state and visiting chapters, that you all have taught me many lessons that I hope to keep with me over the years and have impacted me in more ways that I can count. As we work towards competition this year, it is important to never forget why we are here as FFA members; “to practice brotherhood, honor agricultural opportunities and responsibilities, and to develop those qualities of leaders ship which an FFA member should possess!”Image

College Tips

For this week I decided to post a few tips I have learned from my adventures in Springfield and my experiences I have learned from this year:

College tips:

  •  When you begin to stare at the ice cream machine in the dining halls, firmly tell yourself NO and then walk away, you will be addicted for life.
  • You will gain the freshman fifteen it’s inevitable, so might as well not fight it.
  • Never choose a Gatorade on how cool the color looks; it will most likely be gross.
  • No coffee after 7 o’clock, no matter how cool it looks to sit in a coffee shop late at night, your stomach will pay for it the next day.
  • No matter how many times you check your Facebook, your homework is still not done (we all do it).
  • Always make early appointments for library study…. the Asians usually fill it fast.
  • If your study plan includes some form of procrastination and leads to an all night study, make sure you do not make eye contact with anyone— your lack of beauty sleep will scare many.
  • When stuck with community bathrooms in your dorm ALWAYS wear shower shoes.
  • Girls: you never have to buy bobbie pins at the store ever again, there is always a constant supply in random corners of your room.
  • Do your laundry regularly- it’s hard to get the hang of, but is most appreciated.
  • For those of you who get stuck with professors with accents- there is nothing you can do about it, so just try and enjoy listening to the exotic voice because you will not be able to understand a word of it.
  • Become friends with Kimmy Jin
  • Don’t try to use the Rec Center after New Year’s, resolutions will most likely only last about 2 months.
  • GO TO CLASS—because you pay for it.
  • Make an effort to make friends in every class; this comes in handy for homework help.
  • Your advisors know what they’re talking about, so make an effort to listen and schedule appointments.
  • PAY your parking tickets.
  • Your room is only a place where you sleep, otherwise be out and about on campus and meet new people. College is full of opportunities—take advantage of it.

Hope you all enjoy!