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  THE POWER TO OVERCOME
 
By: Aimee Nash
July 13, 2011

 
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Many times, one might linger in the moment in some situations asking, “What would have happened, if I had done this differently?” Some members find themselves quitting a contest, not being involved enough, taking advantage of what others have done for them or simply quitting the FFA program altogether. The Vespers program held Tuesday evening delivered a powerful message to over 10,000 members and guests about the importance of three values not only through the FFA organization, but in everyday life.

This year’s program portrayed a theme that definitely relates to some, if not all FFA members. “The Power of Commitment, Power of Relationships and Power of Inspiration” each had an inspirational story to convey with the theme.

“The Vespers program even in the past has been somewhat stressful,” State Officer Gavin Luckett said. “This year we wanted to incorporate stories that not only have inspired us, but that would inspire everybody.”

The Manvel FFA Chapter had a goal and committed to that goal to represent their chapter and the state at the National Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana in October 2010. Manvel FFA the first chapter from Texas to win the Hall of States competition.

Former National President Curtis Childers inspired individuals to not only overcome the obstacles that are put forth in their lives, but never forget the ones that are always there for them as well. 

“My family and friends believed in me that I could pull through,” said Childers. “People are so supportive of me and amazing.”

Jim Allsup, current advisor of the Decatur FFA Chapter, not only was inspired by his teacher when he was in school, but has also been an inspiration to his students as well. 

“He’s all around very optimistic,” Decatur FFA member Paris Walther said. “You talk to him and immediately have a better outlook on life. The first day we met him, he got us all excited and we wanted to be successful.”

It’s safe to say Vespers had an inspirational message to set the positive tone for the 83rd State FFA Convention. 

 
 
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