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Chance to Grow

Newark FFA chapter attends 212 conference

Published: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 7:00 a.m. CDT
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Darren Riskedal, State FFA president stands with Newark FFA’s Emily Oldenburg, Delaney Drew, Dana Drew, Seth Larson, Sarah Hipsman, and Shelby Hoddy.

NEWARK — Members of the Newark FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Organization’s 212 Conference at the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg Hotel, Schaumburg, Illinois on Jan. 25-26, 2013.

The two-day 212 Conference personal development program helped students learn skills for personal growth and how to set and achieve goals.

The conference also featured a self-discovery workshop designed to help members find their own passions for success in life.

Illinois held two 212 Conferences with 437 FFA members attending the conference in Schaumburg and another 268 attending the 212 Conference held in Collinsville. The conference is open to freshman and sophomore FFA members.

212 program staff members are college students who are former state or national FFA officers.

Many staff members have also worked as counselors for the Washington Leadership Conference, FFA’s national leadership seminar held in Washington D.C. each summer.

FFA is a national organization, of over 540,000 members, developing each student’s potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Local, state and national activities and award programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills acquired through agricultural education.

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