At the end of October, 145 FFA members from across Area VI gathered to participate in the 2016 Waskom FFA Leadership Summit. This summit, first formed in 2008, was established to educate current and future officers on how to successfully navigate their leadership roles.
In the past, information regarding leadership role responsibilities were passed down from officer to officer and often times repetitive. With the Waskom FFA Leadership Summit, this information was presented by experienced individuals and students from all different areas, incorporating their own unique outlook in both FFA and the real world.
“The Waskom FFA Leadership Summit was created to provide motivation and leadership training that was different from the local, district, and area camps that many of our students attended in the past,” said Jack Dillard, Waskom FFA Advisor.
Students had the opportunity to hear presentations including “How to work as a team when you really don’t know one another” and “The responsibility that is assumed when you are successful in securing a chapter or district office.” These presentations were given by past and present officers including the current Area VI President, Taylin Antonick and her mother, Kristi who is a former Arizona FFA state officer, as well as Tyler Koch, a former Texas FFA state officer and current Texas FFA Director of Leadership Development.
“The Waskom Leadership Summit is a premier example of a local program taking the initiative to deliver first-class leadership development in their home, community, and beyond,” Koch said.
Members were also given the chance to network with each other. Having the chance to interact with other students they do not typically encounter provided a unique opportunity that can be valuable come election time.
“Waskom has been a state-renowned program in FFA leadership for years in and of itself, and now it’s great to see them taking this leadership to an entirely new level,” Koch said.