Nine Nevada High School FFA members attended the National FFA 212 Degree Leadership Conference, held on Nov. 17 at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. Students departed Nevada High School at 7:30 a.m. and the conference concluded at 6 p.m.

At the conference, ninth- and tenth-grade FFA members experienced:

• Discovering that passions pave our path, but virtues direct it!

• Defining virtues and exploring how to use these.

• Distinguishing how decision-making skills chart the map of a virtuous life.

• Evaluating the culmination of passions, virtues and decision-making skills to define our character.

• Attaching SMART goals to our decisions.

• Creating a personal growth plan.

At the conference, 11th- and 12th-grade FFA members experienced:

• Defining vision and understanding what it means to be a visionary

• Creating a vision plan that addresses a chapter need.

• Outlining a plan for moving our vision forward.

• Discovering strategies to recruit followers of the vision.

• Identifying ways to work persistently and overcome obstacles.

• Discovering strategies and tools used in evaluation.

The conference included implementing the key to good decision-making, and creating SMART goals relating to individual virtues. Students were required to develop a plan for action and choose an accountability partner for living out individual virtues. While at the conference, Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School FFA advisor, attended meetings covering FFA websites, proposed FFA activities and use of technology in high school programs. Syngenta was the corporate sponsor, making the conference fee extremely cost-effective at $20 per student. The Nevada FFA chapter covered $15 cost per student.