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Hopkins-Rains County Students Attend Esteemed Youth Leadership Conference

While others spent time at the beach, pool or simply hanging out with friends, Hopkins-Rains County students learned about buisness and free enterprise. Sylvia Feijen of Saltillo and Sheyenne Mitchell of North Hopkins attended this year’s Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Annual Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) at Tarleton State University from June 13-17,  to gain a leg up in the path to their dreams.

“YLC  is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the Free Enterprise Speech Contest, how our nation operates and develop valuable leaderships skills that will last a lifetime,” Don Smith, Hopkins-Rains County Farm Bureau president, said. ” We’re proud Sylvia Feijen and Sheyenne Mitchell were able to attend on behalf of Hopkins-Rains County and bring back the many lessons they’ve learned.”

The annual conference helps students network and evaluate their ideas and abilities.

“For more than 50 years, YLC has instilled patriotism, responsibility and leadership in students from across Texas,” Don Smith said. “It prepares them for the next stage of life and ensures a better Texas for both today and tomorrow.”

Students who attended YLC are eligible to enter TFB’s Free Enterprise Speech Contest in the fall. The contest allows students to earn scholarships by sharing his/her knowledge about the free enterprise system learned at YLC.

Information about both YLC and the Free Enterprises Speech Contest are available under the “youth” tab at

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Author: Staff Reporter

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