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McKinney Boyd FFA Attends Annual Texas FFA Day at the Capitol

Press Release|
Contributed by Texas FFA Association|
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

McKinney, TX – McKinney Boyd FFA members attended the seventh annual Agricultural Education and Texas FFA Day at the Capitol hosted by the Texas FFA Association and the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT). The event was held February 23, 2016 in Austin, TX.

Group photo of FFA members on the steps of the Capitol

Members of the McKinney Boyd FFA program joined more than 550 students from 60 other Texas high school chapters for the annual Texas FFA Day at the Capitol.

FFA members Bayley Clark, Katie Griffin, Ashton Hoover, Alex Price, Eli Johnson, Reagan Horan and Kayla Montgomery represented McKinney Boyd High School at the conference.

“A significant part of the FFA experience is preparing students to be engaged citizens and empowering them to be people of influence in our communities,” said Texas FFA Executive Director Tom Maynard.

McKinney Boyd was one of 60 chapters that comprised more than 550 FFA members who participated in the event in order to learn more about the legislative process, specifically addressing agriculture and agricultural education.

The event provided a unique opportunity for high school students to learn from various players in the state’s legislative process. Throughout the day members and guest had the unique opportunity to sit in the Texas House Chamber, walk the Capitol hallways, and see where history has been made since 1889.

“Texas FFA Day at the Capitol is a great way for our state leaders to see the true impact of agricultural education and the FFA. It also affords our members the opportunity to see first-hand the legislative process, and how they can affect change in their own communities,” said 2015-2016 Texas FFA President, Jason Edmondson.

The Texas FFA Association is an agricultural youth leadership organization that has operated as an integral part of the state’s agricultural education curriculum since 1929. The organization is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 114,000 members in high school and middle school campuses.

The Texas FFA Association is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The organization has evolved from focusing primarily on production agriculture to a broader-based encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities. For more information about the Texas FFA Association, visit www.mytexasffa.org.

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