Kuna FFA students stand at Idaho Capitol Building in Boise

Kuna FFA students stand at Idaho Capitol Building in Boise. Students received a tour of the Capitol Building and met with local legislators. FFA members also attended leadership conferences.

Courtesy Kuna FFA

On Jan. 29-30, several Kuna FFA members had the opportunity to attend the annual Cenarrusa Day on the Hill Luncheon, and the 212/360o leadership conference in Boise.

The Day on the Hill event gives our juniors and seniors a chance to meet their Idaho legislators, and learn about public policies. On Monday, the Idaho FFA state officers held etiquette workshops before 11 Kuna FFA members attended the event.

During the event, the wife of the late Pete Cenarrusa donated $100,000 to the Idaho FFA Association.

Twenty-seven freshmen and sophomores from Kuna FFA were able to visit Idaho’s Capitol Building and see how government committees function. They then attended the 212/360o conference to develop leadership skills.

Kuna FFA freshmen are introduced to leadership characteristics in the 212 conference — 212 is the boiling point of water, and their sessions bring them to a turning point as leaders as they start out their careers in the National FFA Organization.

This year, the conference was focused on working hard to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

“I really enjoyed getting to know not only kids from other places, but the students from my own chapter as well,” said Josie Baker, Kuna FFA Greenhand. “This conference taught me that sometimes we’re harder on ourselves than we need to be. This was a great experience for me as I learned a lot about myself and got to know a lot of new people.”

The freshmen that attended this conference will continue on to lead the Kuna FFA Chapter throughout their high school careers.

Second-year members took leadership development full circle in the 360o conference, where they were able to learn new leadership skills, and how to utilize their experiences to influence others.

“My favorite part was being able to meet so many new people from around the area,” Kuna FFA member Carter Moore said. “I’ve competed in the Conduct of Meetings Leadership Event, where we use parliamentary procedure, and I got the opportunity to watch parliamentary procedure being used in an actual Senate meeting. Seeing that real-life connection to what we learn in FFA was really awesome for me.”

The continued development of FFA members’ leadership is what keeps the organization successful.

The Kuna FFA Chapter would like to thank the community for their support in sending our students to these events. The chapter’s success would be impossible without the help the entire community of Kuna puts in.

Alx George is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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