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Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C.

By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley

On Monday, June 1, 2015, three Tarkio FFA members, Alissa Hurst, Ethan Riley, and Haley Hall, along with their advisor, Mr. Dustin Lambertsen, met up with members and advisors from the King City and Albany FFA chapters in Kansas City, MO, to fly to Washing- ton, D.C. The members were able to share their flight with veterans from Kansas who were part of an Hon- or Flight. Once the group reached Washington, they met with Congressman Sam Graves in his office and then received a tour of the Capi- tol Building from Sam and his staff. On Tuesday, June 2, the students toured the Holo- caust Museum where they learned what many people went through during the Holocaust. They also toured the National Treasury Printing and Engraving fa- cility where they were able to see millions of dollars of U.S. cash be printed and prepared to enter circula- tion. They then made a stop by the White House before going to the Omni Shore- ham Hotel to check into the National FFA Organization Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). WLC is a five day conference that students from all 50 states and Puerto Rico attend to help themselves and their chapters become better citi- zens and leaders in their community and nation. The

conference is offered seven different weeks throughout the summer. Each week, 340 FFA members from across the U.S. attend. The National FFA de- scribes the conference as follows: During the five-day event, attendees learn how to become effective leaders by learning their purpose, how to value people, how to take action, and how to serve others. FFA members leave WLC with the knowl- edge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, community and their country. As part of the conference Tuesday evening, the stu- dents are placed in commu- nity groups with other mem- bers from across the nation. They spend the evening learning about citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen. On Wednesday, June 3, the members toured Ar- lington National Cemetery where they were able to see JFK’s burial site, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the changing of the guards, and the Arlington House. They then returned to the hotel to attend sessions to help them learn their purpose and what opportunities they may have and what they need to do to create opportunities for themselves and others around them. The members then finished the day by tak- ing an evening/night tour of the Monuments and Memo- rials in downtown Washing- ton. The members were able

to see the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Ko- rean War Memorial, WWII Memorial, Washington Mon- ument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, and the Iwo Jima Memorial. On Thursday, June 4, the members traveled to the Capitol Building to take a group picture, then speak with their senators and con- gressman. The Tarkio mem- bers were also able to tour the Library of Congress and the Air and Space Smithso- nian Museum. The members then returned to the confer- ence where they learned about diversity. They learned about how each of us comes from different backgrounds and heritages and how we all can come together to make our communities and nations what they are and what they could be. They finished the evening with the annual Poverty Dinner. During this dinner, some students receive nothing to eat, some receive rice, and some a fancy dinner. They use this to teach the stu- dents about how people in our own communities and in countries around the world are diverse in what they can afford to buy and afford to eat and how you may be able to afford the fancy din- ner, but your neighbor may not be able to afford to eat at all. (At the completion of the Poverty Dinner, all members then are able to eat dinner.) Friday, June 5, saw the members beginning with a tour of the Newseum, a

Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C. By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley On Monday,

museum dedicated to news media from 1500-today. The members were able to see how the news media has covered some of the biggest stories over time and how they use newspapers, televi- sion, and radio to inform the public of those stories and to deliver their thoughts on these stories. The students then spent the afternoon learning about advocacy. They learned about being good advocates for their chapter, school, community, and agriculture. Saturday, June 6, the students took part in pack- ing meals for people in the United States. The mem- bers packed a total of 63,000 meals in an hour and a half. After the completion of the service project, the Tarkio FFA members set out on the town to tour more sites, including the National Ar- chives, Ford’s Theater, and the American History Smith- sonian Museum. Along the way they also spent some time helping Haley Hall cel- ebrate her 16th birthday! During the week, each student comes up with a LTS plan (Living to Serve Plan) in which they want to return back to their commu- nity to complete. Saturday evening, the members took part in the conference and spent time planning on how to execute their individual plans within their commu- nities. As their final activ- ity of the conference, the members had a dance where they were able to spend the last couple of hours of the conference with all of their new friends and fellow FFA members. On Sunday, June 7, the FFA members and advisors from Tarkio, King City, and Albany attended a church service at the National Ca- thedral. After the service, the students went to the Reagan National Airport to catch their flight home to

Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C. By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley On Monday,
Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C. By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley On Monday,
Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C. By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley On Monday,

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Missouri! “WLC really showed me how one person can make such a big difference. It taught me that it only takes one person to get an idea, get people to support that idea, and turn that idea into ac- tions to make a big impact. WLC also taught me to do what we can, with what we have, where we are,” com- mented Ethan Riley. “WLC provided me with a very insightful, educa- tional, and fun experience! It was eye-opening to learn about all of the ways that we can help to make the world we live in a better place. I learned a lot about ways that

I can improve our chapter within our school, town, and community. I also learned about ways that I can make myself a better person and ways to help those around me. WLC will truly be a life- time experience that I will treasure forever,” remarked Alissa Hurst. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend WLC. By going on this trip, I have broadened my understand- ing of becoming a better leader. I encourage others to attend WLC. I have gained lots of friendships and also more knowledge about how to make our world a better place,” said Haley Hall.

Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C. By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley On Monday,

Ethan, Haley, and Alissa hang out in front of the White House

Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C. By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley On Monday,

The FFA members and Mr. Lambertsen are pictured in front of the National Mall and the National Cathedral

Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C. By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley On Monday,
Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C. By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley On Monday,
Tarkio FFA members visit Washington, D.C. By Alissa Hurst, Haley Hall, and Ethan Riley On Monday,

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