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Brittany Woods

 

When I was about to begin high school, I discovered the school I would be attending did not have an FFA chapter; I was determined to change that. Asking my mom for help on how to get a chapter started helped with getting in contact with the State FFA Association and the school board. Soon we had our 10 members and an advisor. The roller coaster ride had only begun when I attended my very first national FFA convention in Louisville, Kentucky. I met so many people involved in an organization I was only beginning to learn about and experience, but after convention I was ready to grow, learn more, try new things and find a me that I never knew before FFA.

 

I had the courage to say the FFA creed, sell sheep feed and qualify for state in the Ag Sales CDE, receive the alumni scholarship for Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) and serve as a district officer. By my junior year, I had come back from WLC where everything of my perspective grew and changed for the better, and that inspired my passion to help my chapter grow. That year our advisor had left for a new school and we had no advisor. Even so, we weren't going to let the chapter fall. I was put in place as student advisor and helped everyone get an FFA experience; we competed in CDEs and attended sub-district and district conventions. We didn’t fall through.

 

 I am now a senior at Dowling Catholic High School and the Dowling Catholic FFA chapter president. This year has changed me completely with my FFA experience. I now don’t zip up my Dowling Catholic FFA jacket, I zip up my South Central District FFA jacket. Thus, I am getting the chance to put my all into my last year at my high school with my FFA chapter; I get to show my passion for agriculture all around my district and learn more about other FFA members’ passion for this organization, as well.

 

FFA has has helped me find me. It has helped me know every time I put on a blue corduroy jacket, I have a purpose, that I am more than what I was before and that I am a leader to many. It has made me believe that I can do what I thought I couldn’t. Now I get watch my brother, who is a freshman, grow with a lifelong experience with FFA, as well.

 

 

FFA Activities: South Central District sentinel, Dowling Catholic FFA chapter president, vice president, secretary, reporter  and historian, Creed Speaking CDE, Ag Sales CDE, Job Interview CDE, Livestock Judging CDE, Legislative Symposium, National FFA Convention and Expo, Washington Leadership Conference, Sheep Entrepreneurship SAE, and Livestock Placement SAE.