On July the 14th through the 18th the Pleasanton FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State convention which was held in Fort Worth, Texas. There was an alltime attendance record of 12,372 members and guests present. This convention was greatly organized and enjoyable for all of the Texas FFA members thanks to the host committee which consisted of Andrew Wilson, Ryan Allen, Joseph Stuart, Andy Carter and many more.
Of course there were many fun activities at the convention, but there were sessions that we were to attend everyday as well. In each session we learned more about premiere leadership, personal growth and career success. Also, we listened to the 2013-2014 Texas FFA state officers talk about their experience while serving as a leader. This helped us to understand more about how to apply and use leadership skills within our chapter as well as we can in everything that we do.
There was an FFA rodeo that was held as well as part of the Texas FFA state convention. It was held at the Diamond W arena in Alvarado, Texas. Two of our fellow Pleasanton FFA members Joel Poth and Mason Moore participated in the team roping event at the rodeo. They placed second in the first round, fourth in the second round and ended up fourth in average. This was a great experience not only for the participants but for the supporters as well.
In addition to the rodeo, the Pleasanton FFA chapter received many other awards. The chapter as a whole received the National Chapter Award and Golden Horizon Awards. Alexandra Roane and Justin Smith were both awarded $18,000 scholarships from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Association. Alec Jasik received a $10,000 scholarship from the Richard Walrath Education Foundation. Kailee Cairo, Justin Dickey, Caitlin Korus, Mackenzie Thompson, Victoria Jasik, Mikayla Posas, and Alicia Garza received their Lonestar Degree, which is the highest degree an FFA member can hold in the state of Texas.
Attending the Texas FFA state convention was a great experience for the Pleasanton FFA chapter. Each and every one of us learned so much about what it takes to be successful and truly make a difference not only in our community but within ourselves as well. Together, we can make a difference.