Four Wellington FFA officers traveled to the nation’s capital on July 18 for the Washington Leadership Conference.
Hannah Downs, Dylan Andolsek, Hailey Staffeld, and Alex Fehlan toured Washington, D.C., and visited amazing sites such as Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. monuments, and Marine Corps War Memorial.
But the conference wasn’t just about sightseeing. During their stay, the FFA officers spent time learning how to become stronger leaders and how they can have an impact on their community.
To drive home the idea of community service, they took part in a mock situation where they represented different economic groups at dinner. Some of the participants had a full meal while others only had a small serving of rice or beans. The students learned what it was like to go without food.
Later in the week, the group packaged meals for those who are less fortunate. Experiencing hunger at the dinner made the community service project more important and meaningful, and the FFA members helped pack more than 60,000 meals.
Throughout their experience in Washington, the Wellington members bonded with more than 340 FFA members from across the United States.
“It was by far one of my most memorable FFA moments,” said Dylan Andolsek. Downs said her favorite part of the experience was meeting new people.
The group wrapped up its experience by creating “Learning to Serve” plans to bring back to their communities and to their FFA chapter.