Special to the Reporter

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Students from across the nation, including Edith Burks of Glen Rose, attended the 2010 Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) last week in the nation’s capital.

The conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization, sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.   

Burks represented the Glen Rose FFA Chapter.

The week-long program helps FFA members improve their leadership skills and prepare for leadership roles in their chapters, communities and their future careers. They attended sessions on developing authentic leadership, serving their communities and participating in civic engagement. They also participate in service learning events.

“We live in an increasingly competitive world,” says Dr. Larry Case, National FFA Advisor and Coordinator, Agricultural and Rural Education with the U.S. Department of Education. “Tomorrow’s leaders must develop skills in these areas to effectively compete. Every student leaves WLC with an advantage because it gives those young people cutting-edge leadership skills and valuable insight for productive citizenship.”

The National FFA Organization coordinates WLC, with the sponsorship of Monsanto, which attracts participants from across the country. This summer, more than 2,000 FFA members will attend one of the conference’s seven week-long sessions. Monsanto is dedicated to the future success of agriculture by investing more than one million dollars to the National FFA Foundation in 2010 as part of a broad commitment to support agricultural youth. 

Students also increase their understanding of the nation’s heritage with visits to Arlington National Cemetery, the Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt memorials and other historic sites in Washington, D.C. A highlight of the week was a visit to the office of their local U.S. representative or senator.