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Posted: 1/16/2019 7:12 AM | Author: Michelle Borges, Hughson FFA Reporter

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” said Theodore Roosevelt. Michelle Borges of Hughson FFA had the opportunity to go the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) through FFA in Washington, D.C. This quote by Theodore Roosevelt was the overall theme of the conference. This was a life-changing conference that widened your perspective on the world. There were five themes of the conference: Citizenship, Purpose, Diversity, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt Advocacy, and Live a Legacy. Many activities went on throughout the week, like a night tour of the monuments, visiting the capitol and the Newseum, a museum all about news. Each student had to also pick a Living to Serve project to take back to their community to help fix whatever struggle their community faced. There was also the learning of the WLC High Five: be vulnerable, be committed, be respectful, ichi go ichi e (for this time only), and be ready. There were so many valuable skills learned during this conference, like learning how to selflessly serve others. During the week, there was a community service project through the Meals of Hope. Meals of Hope began in 2007 and is the only food-packing event organization that has developed four different type of meals that are for the hungry specifically in the United States. Michelle recommends that all people attend this conference if they are able to. • The Washington Leadership Conference focusses on the “SERVE” component of FFA. SERVE: Community Development, Personal Growth. This five- day conference is available to all members and is held in June and July in Washington D.C. Photo Captions, top to bottom: Michelle Borges at the National Capitol in Washington D.C.; Lauren Roberts from the Florida FFA and Borges in front of a Lego version of the Statue of Liberty at the American History museum; Borges by her local representative’s office; Borges with a group of members from Florida FFA standing in front of one of the very first tractors; Kyra Bukoski from the Hawaii Association and Borges are pointing to the National Captiol from the Newseum.

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