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Young Future Farmers of America state leaders visit local students

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8:57 am

State FFA Reporter Melissa Ruhlman speaks with students at Louisa County High School recently.

Louisa County High School agriculture students got to show off their facilities to a few special guests on Friday, February 16.

Those guests just so happened to be two of the more influential young leaders in Virginia’s FFA Organization.

Virginia FFA State reporter Melissa Ruhlman and Virginia FFA State Sentinel Chris Kuhler made a visit to LCHS to check out the school’s FFA program and to speak with students. The pair are members of the Virginia State Officer team, a squad that includes six of the brightest and most ambitious young leaders in the state.

Ruhlman and Kuhler criss-cross Virginia each month to visit FFA programs. Their goal is to demonstrate how FFA works as well as to provide leadership tips and strategies.

While on tour, Ruhlman and Kuhler got an up-close look on the animals housed at LCHS, including turtles and rabbits. The two also visited the school’s greenhouse facilities. Both stops left Ruhlman and Kuhler impressed.

“It’s an incredible facility,” Ruhlman said. “The greenhouse is huge and all the animals they have is amazing. The way they handle them and take care of them individually is impressive.”

After the walk-through, Ruhlman and Kuhler capped off their visit with a short lesson that focused on how students can develop leadership skills.

LCHS agriculture teacher Mackennah Simmons said it helps for students to see young men and women who have found success in the FFA program and use it to benefit their daily lives.

“The students see their teachers ever day, and we tell them how wonderful the opportunities within FFA are, but when you have someone come in and the students see where the opportunities in FFA can take them, it really changes their thinking,” Simmons said. “The students start to see a future in FFA and agriculture.”

(This is a partial story. Read full article in the Feb. 22, 2018 issue of The Central Virginian – Special FFA section)

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