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Dresden FFA Preparing Young Adults To Be Tomorrow’s Leaders

Future Farmers of America — National FFA Week for 2023 is Feb. 18-25. This week is used by FFA chapters around the country to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. Pictured above is the Dresden’s FFA Officer Team.

Dresden FFA officers led by their advisor, Jonathan Holden, had their officer retreat at the KOA campground in Springville, TN., where they learned leadership skills through team building activities. They also learned the leadership qualities that an FFA officer should possess through other activities.

Dresden FFA participated in the UTM Speaking Invitational at Trenton. They are: Dalton Samply (Prepared speaking), Adrianne Todd and Destanie Dean (Extemporaneous Speaking), Amanda Perry (Employment Skills), and Aubrey Hodge (Creed Speaking).

Dresden FFA’s soil judging placed in 3rd in District.

Congratulations to the Dresden FFA Horse Judging Team for placing 2nd in the district. Members are Mathew Cook, Hannah White, Rebecca Frazier, FFA Advisor Jonathan Holden, Cayden Lowry, Mavree Cragie, Amanda Perry, and Kaci Finny.

The Dresden FFA Greenhands (first year members) and Dresden FFA officers attended the Greenhand/COLT conference and learned more about leadership and the FFA.

Members of DHS FFA’s Livestock Evaluation team honed their skills at UTM’s Ag Pavillion.

Dresden FFA officers demonstrated their commitment to community service by cleaning and waxing the Governor Ned Ray McWherter statue.

Dresden’s FFA members have participated in a wide variety of activities during the 2022-2023 school year, and are preparing to attend the 95th Tennessee FFA State Convention, which will be held in Gatlinburg, TN March 19-22, 2023 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
“At Dresden FFA we are preparing young adults to be leaders in the Career and Technical fields as well as college,” said Ag teacher and FFA advisor Jon Holden.
“We learn in the classroom as well as hands on in the ag shop, the greenhouse, on the Weakley County Farm, and with the competitions and activities through FFA.
“We do a lot of giving back to our community by living out what the FFA motto says, ‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to Serve.’
“We also go to leadership camp and conventions for the students to gain more leadership skills and gain some real world connections with employers in the Agriculture industry.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today,” Mr. Holden said.

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