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Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA members take eye opening trip to Washington, D.C.


Josey Weimer and Kali Holt ready to board at the Kansas City Airport.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA members Josey Weimer and Kali Holt, along with  other FFA members from throughout the country, converged on Washington, D.C., this past summer to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills, and create a meaningful community service plan that will make a difference in their home communities.

More than 2,100 students participated in the 2016 Washington Leadership Conference, the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year.

From June 14 to June 19, Weimer and Holt spent time under the guidance of professionals, counselors and FFA staff members. In workshops, seminars and small groups, FFA members focused on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals while undergoing comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters. Students also analyzed the needs of their communities back home, developed wide-range and high-impact community service initiatives, and implemented their plan with the help of their FFA chapter upon return home.


Josey Weimer tours the National Mall and Washington Monument.

During their time in D.C., FFA members also experienced the history of the nation’s capital, touring landmarks including the Washington Monument, War Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol, among others.

Weimer and Holt agreed the WLC trip was a memorable experience.

“My favorite part of our trip was when the entire conference participants helped and worked as a team to pack over 60,000 meals for Meals of Hope for people around Washington, D.C., who could not afford meals,” Weimer said.


Kali Holt helps pack meals for Meals of Hope.

“The poverty dinner was my favorite,” said Holt. “I was so blind to how fortunate I am. WLC really helped to open up my eyes.”

The 2016 Washington Leadership Conference is sponsored through the National FFA Foundation and other sponsors. The National FFA provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members, who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Information thanks to Danny Rice, Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA adviser; photos thanks to Josey Weimer and Kali Holt.

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