VERSAILLES — For the 22nd year, the Versailles FFA held its annual State FFA Greenhand Conference, at Versailles High School Sept. 12 for all Greenhands in Ohio.
Greenhands are first year members in the FFA.
This year was the largest conference Versailles has ever hosted, with nearly 550 FFA members attending.
Participating schools were Fayette, Preble Shawnee, Twin Valley South, Fairlawn, Lancaster, Ansonia, Mechanicsburg, Cardinton-Lincoln, Paulding, Franklin Monroe, Benjamin Logan, Newton, Botkins, Miami East, Jackson Center, Anna, Ohio Hi-Point, Madison Plains, Mississinawa Valley, Greenville, Milton Union, A.B. Graham, Urbana, Southeastern Clark, Covington, St. Marys, Coldwater, Eaton, Greenon, Northridge, Valley View, Ross/Butler Tech, Hillsdale, Parkway, McClain and Versailles.
The theme of the conference was “First Down and Life to Go.” The goal was to make members aware of opportunities within the FFA as well as develop their leadership skills.
Ohio National FFA officer candidate Sydney Snider welcomed the group, followed by a skit by the Versailles FFA officer and assistant officer team.
Workshops included Opportunities in the FFA, Teamwork, Goal Setting, SAE and Communication.
CDE roundtables covered career development events available: Job Interview, Agricultural Communications, Public Speaking, Ag Sales, Tractor Trouble Shooting, Soils, Ag Issues, Wildlife/Nature Interpretation, Food Science, Dairy Foods, Greenhand Quiz, Parliamentary Procedure, General Livestock, Dairy, Horse, and Poultry.
Participants received T-shirts designed by past Versailles FFA president Brent Stammen.
East Clinton won the food drive, and Miami East placed second.
The conference was conducted by the Versailles FFA Officer Team, Leadership Committee and members; State and National officers, and officer candidate.
The Versailles FFA officers are President Danielle Hesson, Vice-President Alyssa Morgan, Secretary Lewis Kremer, Treasurer JJ. Petitjean, Reporter Clair Schmitmeyer, Student Adviser Kayla Bruns, Historian Ellen Peters, Sentinel Collin Peters, Parlimentarian Maggie Hedrick, Assistant Vice-President Bri Buzzard, Assistant Reporter Makayla Berger, Assistant Treasurer Ashley Petitjean, Assistant Secretary Taylor Tyo, Assistant Historian Kylie Lyons, Assistant Sentinel Toby George, Assistant Student Adviser Tessa Tyo, Assistant Parlimentarian Shelby Winner and Versailles FFA Adviser Dena Wuebker.