Speeches, Awards, and Singing?
On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Whitehouse FFA took students to Bullard ISD for the Mineola District Convention. During this convention schools received awards for placing in the top three at District Leadership Development Events (LDE) contest. We had representatives from the teams walk the stage. Leslie Hargis accepted the Ag
Advocacy award, Ashley Rozell accepted the Radio Broadcasting award, and Paul Wood accepted the Ag Skills award for Whitehouse FFA. Whitehouse FFA was also represented very well by member, Shanna Sebring, as she ran for an area officer position.
Emmy Walley, 1st Vice President of the Whitehouse FFA, ran for district office and will be the 2018 District Sentinel. Being a part of the district officer team is a huge honor. She will be traveling around all of Area 6 to represent the Mineola District.
After all the speeches came everyone’s favorite part, the talent show! Seven different chapters had their
best team compete for the chance to send their team to Area Convention to represent the Mineola District.
All seven contestants sang but it was Whitehouse who ended up winning it all! Kamryn Hightower sang and played the piano and district delegates voted her first place. She will represent the Mineola District at Area Convention Monday, Feb. 26, in Sulphur Springs.
Friends, Fun, Food IT’S A TAILGATE!
On Friday, Jan. 12, Whitehouse FFA hosted its first ever Leadership Tailgate. Of course, with any tailgate there was food involved; we provided hotdogs, chips, dips and even some healthier options. Whitehouse was proud to welcome our two guest speakers; senior Ashlie Thompson from the Lindale FFA and junior Jeremiah Neal from the Jacksonville FFA.
We chose to get speakers from different schools so we could show new faces to our members. Ashlie is an Area 6 officer and can give a good perspective on leadership; Jeremiah from Area 9 was able to share his FFA story and show that no matter how much you’re doing you can get involved. Jeremiah Neal is in FFA, band, football, and NHS at Jacksonville and finds time for it all. We want to encourage our members that they can do the same.
After the speeches it was game time. We had kickball, if you wanted to endure the cold; karaoke and dance. Students had a blast at the games. The members even learned a few line dances. It was such an amazing and successful night!
Whitehouse FFA takes on SFA workshops
Whitehouse FFA was represented by two members, Leslie Hargis and Brittin Palmer, at the Officership Leadership Conference. Elijah Carter and Hayden Rozell attended the Made for Excellence Leadership Conference. Both conferences were held at SFA and hosted by Texas FFA Past State Officers and National Officers on Saturday, Jan. 13. It was an incredible leadership opportunity to grow as individuals as they develop skills for the future. Plus, they had a blast.
“It was an amazing learning experience for us and other FFA members across Texas,” Palmer said. “I
don’t usually wear official dress but this was well worth it.”