BY MELANIE BUCK –
Three Mena FFA students were given the opportunity of a lifetime when they were selected to attend the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C. July 21st thru 25th. Mena’s Kaleb Reeves, Marley Jones, and Clint Buck were the only students from Polk County that attended the prestigious conference held for the nation’s future leaders.
During the conference, the students were able to gain leadership skills that will be carried with them for life and also had a chance to see our nation’s history and how the government works first hand. The trio enjoyed sessions that covered topics such as Community Matters, Living to Serve, Diversity, and Advocacy.
Touring the nation’s monuments was a highlight of the trip, which included seeing Arlington Cemetery, the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Lincoln Memorial, the Newseum, the Washington Monument, and much, much more. An MHS graduate, Tori Bell, who works for Arkansas Congressman Bruce Westerman, was able to give the local students a tour of the Capitol, bringing light to leadership full circle.
The experience is second to none as Buck stated, “It is the best leadership conference I’ve ever attended.” The three students were able to attend the conference via scholarships they received through local FFA Alumni. Reeves and Jones were given the Dr. Max Cress Leadership Award and Buck received the Allbaugh Memorial Scholarship Award.