Butler Tech chapters of the National FFA Association from Edgewood, Ross, and Talawanda High Schools came together for a day of training, networking, and support. The students spent the day at Edgewood High School where they met the National FFA Officer Team. The National Officer Team is kicking off their own national tour where they will provide classroom workshops and keynote speeches to high school chapters across the nation.
Throughout the morning, the National Officers were each placed in a Butler Tech classroom to present a leadership workshop for FFA officers of the Butler Tech – Edgewood, Ross, and Talawanda FFA chapters. The cooperating teachers were Jason Orlando, Tracy McKinney, Rocky Chasteen, Melissa Clemmons, and Katie Erb.
“It was a really awesome experience to sit down and really talk to the people that we look up to the most. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to interact with the National Officers. I left feeling motivated and excited to be a leader in my chapter and community,” shared Ellie McCulloch, Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA Treasurer.
After lunch, each National Officer had the opportunity to present a 20-minute keynote address to a large audience of students. The highlight for our students was hearing from Kolesen McCoy. Kolesen is a former Ohio state officer who has visited our chapter in the past and is now serving as the National FFA President. Many of our students have personal relationships with Kolesen and were excited to be among the first students to hear his keynote address.
“The visit by the National FFA Officer team was truly a once in a lifetime experience for our students. The officers exposed students to concepts of leadership and personal development that they will carry with them for years to come. We are grateful to have been chosen as a host site for the National Officer team!” said, Kellie Beiser, FFA Advisor for the Edgewood/Butler Tech chapter.
Another highlight of the day was donating funds to support disaster relief in Puerto Rico. The gift was especially meaningful as the FFA Southern Region Vice President, Yomar Roman is from Puerto Rico. His reaction to the donation showed how meaningful it was for him and the sentiment was echoed by the students. The fundraising total included an $850 check and additional funds will bring the total to well over $1,000.