PULLMAN, Wash. — Pullman will be awash in a sea of blue jackets with gold lettering as the 70th Washington state FFA Convention draws some 3,000 people to the Washington State University campus Thursday, May 11, through Sunday, May 14.
One hundred and fifty high schools will be represented, said Marvin Kleene, WSU on-campus coordinator for the convention and an agricultural education professor.
About 9,000 high school students are enrolled in 220 agricultural education programs in Washington. About 3,200 of them belong to the FFA. Most delegates to the convention will wear the distinctive blue jackets with gold lettering that signify the organization’s members.
The FFA, formerly Future Farmers of America, was founded in 1928. It operates on local, state and national levels. Its agricultural education program provides students with a well-rounded, practical approach to learning through classroom education, focuses on agricultural topics and hands-on supervised career experience. It also provides leadership opportunities and challenges students’ agricultural skills.
The FFA helps students develop leadership skills by participating in public speaking, skill contests, chapter meetings, award and recognition programs, committees and community projects. Moreover, FFA also motivates young people to make positive contributions to their schools, homes, communities and ultimately, their country.
At the state conference, FFA members will hold more than 15 contests, elect new state officers and announce winners of FFA’s most prestigious honors.
Kleene says the convention is the highlight of the FFA year.
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