PHS student assumes leadership role
PHS student assumes leadership role in state FFA
Posted on 08/18/2011

Stephanie Barwick, a senior at Pepperell High and the Vice President of the Pepperell High FFA chapter, began her term as the Area 1 Secretary, on August 5, when the Georgia FFA area officers met for the Area Officer Training Conference. Fifty new area officers from six areas of the state attended the two-day training conference held at the Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center near Covington, Georgia on August 5-6. The objective of the training session was to orient the new officers to their position 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 and FFA executive secretary, to discuss their roles and responsibilities. The officers explored their leadership styles, discovered what it means to be an ambassador for the FFA, and began setting goals for the coming year. 

Throughout the school year, Barwick and her fellow officers will have the opportunity to represent Area 1 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 11, more than 1,500 middle school students 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 award assemblies. The officers will also serve as the Courtesy Corps at the 84th Georgia FFA Convention in Macon on April 26-28, 2012. The Georgia FFA Association has a membership of more than 31,000, making it the third largest association in the nation. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.