— Staff report
Members of Gainesville High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter recently returned from a state FFA convention held in Dallas, an event that featured the theme “Limitless.”
Local students attending were Brandon Chancellor, Kolton Ware, Abbey Kirk, Evan Gregory and Grayson Gregory. The school’s agricultural teacher and FFA advisor, Shannon McCuistion, said the students were among more than 11,000 FFA members who attended the convention and reaped the benefits.
“They learned how to meet new people and listen to others,” she said.
They received the opportunity to attend the Texas FFA Rodeo where they saw students from across the state compete for money and $1,000 scholarships. The local students also listened to several inspirational keynote speakers such as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples, author and adventurer John Beede, television and radio personality Les Brown and Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. The students also attended Beede’s special workshop, called "How to Become the Most Popular, Amazing, and Well-Liked Person You Know.”
And while attending the convention, the students listened to the 2012-2013 retiring state officer addresses and the new 2013-2014 incoming state officer speeches. At the convention, student Grayson Gregory received a “Lone Star” degree, which is the highest degree Texas FFA offers. Also while in Dallas, the students received an opportunity to view a live radio broadcast at KRLD 1080 at the CBS radio building.
McCuistion said this included a tour of the station and a greeting from several radio personalities along with Commissioner Staples.
“He told stories about the ‘Blue and Gold’ jacket and how the FFA made him the man he is today,” she said.