Washington FFA members shine from classroom to stage
In addition to two Washington FFA chapters taking home national “model” awards from the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis earlier this fall, a Decatur FFA member proved she had the pipes to be picked the 2016 National FFA Talent Winner. Michela Walker’s outstanding vocals made her an instant hit during the convention’s general sessions. Check out her performance during the 2016 Talent Finals.
There’s no doubt about it — Washington FFA has talent and dedication. According to Abbie DeMeerleer, Executive Director, Washington State FFA, the 8,900-member organization has garnered several national awards over the years, including the National % State Membership Growth three years in a row.
“Washington FFA has a strong foundation in the comprehensive Agriculture Education model — our student members are prepared in the classroom; have strong, motivating experiences in FFA; and they are able to apply their knowledge successfully in day-to-day situations,” DeMeerleer said. “The fact that our Washington FFA advisors/agricultural educators support our students so well within and beyond the classroom walls encourages those members to strive for excellence in both FFA and their future careers creating a vibrant, solid tradition of success for Washington FFA.”
What’s the state chapter’s goals this year?
- Helping more students realize the leadership and career opportunities the organization has to offer.
- Getting the public to better understand the organization and how it both fits in and stands out in the Washington education system.
- Supporting new/developing agricultural education teachers and FFA programs.
- Launching the Washington FFA license plate sales.