In a press release from Chanda Neal, ag teacher at Como-Pickton CISD, four students were selected to serve as Ambassadors for the Texas FFA Foundation during the State FFA Convention in Austin.
Presley Cummins, Summer Gilbreath and Kara Tifft of the Como-Pickton FFA Chapter are among 65 FFA members from across the state selected to serve as Texas FFA Foundation Ambassadors at the 91st annual Texas FFA State Convention July 15-19 in Fort Worth.
Sydnee Neal is one of 20 FFA members from across the state selected to serve as a Sr. Foundation Ambassador at the Texas FFA Convention.
The Foundation Ambassador program serves as the official liaison to sponsors, special guests and dignitaries on behalf of the Texas FFA during the annual Texas FFA Convention.
Neal as a returning Ambassador will continue serving as a liaison, and mentor for first year Ambassadors and sponsors.
Ambassadors and Sr. Ambassadors go through a competitive application process. Upon arrival at convention, they will receive an extensive two-day training specifically focused on donor relations, personal skills development and professional networking. Foundation Ambassadors have studied the history of the Texas FFA Association, Texas FFA Foundation and the records of sponsors’ commitments to agricultural education and the Texas FFA, according to the press release.
Many Ambassadors are matched with representatives from the Texas FFA Foundation corporate sponsors and individual donors, while others will assist in the logistics of the annual VIP Breakfast or help organize sponsors’ availability for stage appearances during convention general sessions.
During the annual convention, more than $2 million in scholarships will be awarded and more than 2,500 students will be recognized on stage for their accomplishments at the state level, according to the release from the ag teacher.
The 90th annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 12,000 members and guests. Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization will spend the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements, and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 129,000. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions, the press release states.
For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.mytexasffa.org.