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CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Over 170 students from 15 Iowa school districts converged on the Floyd County Fairgrounds Friday for the Charles City FFA Leadership Day, the first time the district has hosted it.
The all-day event had students participating in team building exercises, games and leadership improvement skills.
Current national FFA President Breanna Holbert flew in to Charles City from California to be a part of the fun. She joined the organization as a freshman in high school.
"My ag teacher saw a lot of potential in me. I'm an urban girl born and raised, and she said regardless if you're urban or rural, we want you all in FFA. I ended up going through different experiences and ended up in Charles City," Holbert says.
Now as a sophomore at Chico State University majoring in ag education, she plans to use the skills she's learned in FFA to become a teacher, but not your typical classroom educator.
"My goal is to become an agriculture educator in Hollywood and start an all-sustainable agriculture school for urban students," Holbert adds.
Freshman Drew Staudt joined FFA this school year, and so far, he's enjoying the connecting and networking with other chapters, along with the skills he's picking up.
"It helps you spread out, know more about yourself, understand what you want to do in life," Staudt says.
Senior Kelby Catcher has attended the FFA's national convention twice, and loved both times she was there.
"You can go to different workshops and different conferences, and that's pretty fun," Catcher says.
The workshop was held at the Fairgrounds' Youth Enrichment Center, a building FFA students planned and raised money for construction that opened last year.