Local student selected as FFA officer at training conference

Special to The Times

Connor Johnson, an officer of the Locust Grove High School FFA chapter, recently began his term as the Area 3 Treasurer when the Georgia FFA Area Officers met for the Area Officer Training Conference. This is Connor’s second year to serve as an Area Officer. Connor is also one of seventeen students from Georgia to be selected to represent Georgia as a Delegate to the 2015 National FFA Convention which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, in October.

Connor Johnson began his second term as the Area 3 Treasurer. Special photo

Forty-eight new area officers from six areas of the state attended the two-day training conference held at Camp John Hope near Fort Valley. The objective was to orient the new officers to their positions as area leaders. Each area team met with a member of their regional agricultural education staff, as well as the Georgia FFA leadership program specialist, FFA executive secretary, and state FFA advisor to discuss their roles and responsibilities. The officers explored their decision making process, developed a team philosophy of leadership, discovered what it means to be an ambassador for the FFA, and began setting goals for the coming year.

Throughout the school year, Connor and his fellow officers will have the opportunity to represent Area 3 FFA members at a variety of teachers’ meetings, career development events, leadership conferences and area training activities.

The first assignment given to the new area officers was the FFA Day at the Fair program. On October 13, more than 2,000 students in grades sixth through ninth will meet in Perry to attend FFA Day at the Georgia National Fair. Their hosts for the event will be the Area Officers. Each officer team has been charged with creating booths and displays that showcase the benefits of FFA and agricultural education.

Next spring, each Area Officer team will be responsible for conducting their respective Area banquet and awards assembly. The officers will also serve as courtesy corps at the 88th State FFA Convention April 28-30, 2016 in Macon.