HJ - Brokaw FFA Greenhand 2019

Brokaw FFA members from Clarinda attending Greenhand Fire Up Conference include: front row; Phoebe Garrett, Allyson Johnson, Skylar Ned, Brooklyn Harris, DaNae Larson, Grant Turner. Back row, Alea VanVactor, Kemper Beckel, Ronnie Weidman, Levi Wise, Brevin Coston, Forrest Eberly, and Drake Riddle. (Brokaw FFA photo)

Each year the Southwest FFA District and Iowa FFA officers plan and facilitate Greenhand Fire Up Conferences for FFA members in the Southwest district.

Atlantic High School welcomed FFA chapters from all over the Southwest district on Oct. 10. While at Atlantic High School, district and state officers led four interactive workshops for first-year high school FFA members, also known as Greenhands, for the annual Greenhand Fire Up Conference.

The workshops facilitated were leadership-focused with an emphasis on the experiences that occur in the lives of beginning high school students.

Iowa FFA President, Chandler Jahner, stated, “Greenhand Fire Up provides a chance for first-year high school members to get a sneak peek of the opportunities that FFA holds, and is a conference for members to meet and interact with state and district officers.”

The officers prepared and facilitated workshops of: authenticity, balancing priorities, communication, and FFA opportunities – in order to provide the first-year FFA members with skills they would use both within and outside of FFA.

The goal was to engage FFA members in learning about the tools that would allow them to be successful in anything they are part of through high school and beyond.

Greenhand Fire Up is made possible with support from Hoegemeyer Hybrids through the Iowa FFA Foundation. Brokaw FFA members from Clarinda attending included: Phoebe Garrett, Allyson Johnson, Skylar Ned, Brooklyn Harris, DaNae Larson, Grant Turner, Alea VanVactor, Kemper Beckel, Ronnie Weidman, Levi Wise, Brevin Coston, Forrest Eberly, and Drake Riddle.

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