Students from Weatherford College, the lone community college present at the 91st annual Texas State FFA Convention, earned top accolades in public relations, job interview and public speaking contests.
The convention, held in Fort Worth the week of July 15, began with two days of collegiate competition. WC Ag Club students faced off against peers from Sam Houston State University, Tarleton State University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University and West Texas A&M University.
The public relations team placed first in the chapter presentation competition and was comprised of Hannah Haynes, freshman agricultural education student from Aledo; Elise Swanson, sophomore agricultural communications student from Weatherford; and Meghan Younger, sophomore agricultural education student from Fort Worth.
Swanson also placed first in the job interview contest and second in extemporaneous speaking contests, and Younger placed second in the prepared public speaking contest.
“Participation in the Weatherford College Ag Club provides students an opportunity to continue with the foundation of premier leadership, personal growth and career success which is the basis of the mission statement of the national FFA organization,” said Vance Christi, WC’s agriculture program director. “In addition, the club hosts contests, provides community service and promotes agricultural literacy and awareness on campus.”
Following the competition, the students worked the WC booth at the convention trade show where they had the opportunity to share how WC has changed their lives. The convention hosted approximately 13,000 FFA members, advisors and parents from across the state.
“Many high school FFA members learned how choosing to attend Weatherford College to receive credit in agricultural sciences prior to transferring to a university can potentially save money, improve their GPA and provide a seamless transition from a high school agricultural science program to a specific discipline within the many choices available to agricultural majors at the university of their choice,” Christie said.
For more information about the agricultural transfer curriculum or participation in the Ag Club at WC, contact Christie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-598-6280.