Gillett students attend state FFA conference


From left, Phillip Heroux, Laney DeBauch, Ava Woodke and Blake Goodreau of the Gillett FFA chapter took part in a state “Foundations in Reaching Excellence” conference Sept. 30 in Appleton. (Contributed photo)

Phillip Heroux, Laney DeBauch, Ava Woodke and Blake Goodreau of the Gillett FFA chapter attended the Wisconsin Association of FFA FIRE Conference on Sept. 30 at the Fox Valley Technical College Campus in Appleton.

FIRE stands for “Foundations in Reaching Excellence.” The conference helps young FFA members discover opportunities in the FFA organization and gain valuable leadership skills. This is one of three conferences held around the state for seventh-, eighth- and ninth- grade FFA members.

Gillett FFA was awarded a Spirit Award for its active participation at the conference.

The conference is designed to inform beginning FFA members about FFA and motivate them to participate in its many activities. Students learned about communication skills, social skills, goal setting, FFA awards and programs, and opportunities in agriculture. along with developing leadership skills to help them be effective members in their local chapters.

“In the FFA, we assist members starting in seventh grade to develop skills they will need for future careers and opportunities,” said Cheryl Zimmerman, state FFA executive director. “FFA develops the whole person, and these young members are taking a step in the right direction.”

The conference was centered around the theme “Destination Unknown - The Possibilities Are Limitless.”