Eureka Springs FFA students Winter Leadership Conferences

Thursday, December 19, 2019
Eureka Springs High School FFA students have been busy over the past few months. Pictured from left to right are students Lyla Morris-Emmick, Riley Gordon, Aspen Pena, Jonathan Bieschke, Mason Smith, Hope Farriester and sponsor Jason McAfee.
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By Haley Schichtl

Seven Eureka Springs FFA students went to Camp Couchdale in Hot Springs for the Winter Leadership Conferences on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Meadow Powell, Brittany Allen, Hope Farriester and Mason Smith attended the IMPACT conference, and Eliza Parkman, Izzy Black and Hannah Gray went to the Greenhand conference.

Camp Couchdale is the home of Arkansas FFA, where the first Arkansas FFA camp was held in 1930.

Hope Farriester, who is president of the FFA chapter, said she went to the conference to meet people and learn things to bring back to share with the rest of her chapter.

“At this conference they talked about different techniques to work together and different ways we can approach different situations [and] how to come up with ideas to better our own communities and the state of Arkansas,” Farriester said.

She said she likes FFA because it lets her be involved with other clubs in the school and the whole community and make an impact.

“We are… giving them a better quality, fresh produce where they know it came from,” she said.

Brittany Allen said she has been in FFA for two years and the conference helped her better her abilities in FFA.

“In the IMPACT Conference we talk a lot about what we could do to make a difference in our city or our hometown, but most importantly I learned that every little gesture makes a big impact to someone in need,” Allen said.

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