Lynae Fry and Krista Spiess of the Pettisville FFA chapter attended the 2008 Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., June 17-22.
WLC is an activity of the national FFA organization in cooperation with the US Department of Education.
It is a five-day event that trains FFA members to make a positive impact in their school, local community, state, and country and focuses on problem solving, relationship building, living with character, and developing an attitude for serving others.
The capstone event is a civic engagement activity in which, participants glean food for Washington area food banks and shelters.
It the past two years, WLC participants have dedicated over 23,000 hours to service in the Washington, D.C. area.
More than 2,300 FFA members will attend one of the seven weeklong sessions. Students also increase their understanding of the nation’s heritage with visits to Mount Vernon; Arlington National Cemetery; the Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt memorials; and other historic sights.
Fry’s favorite part of the trip was exploring Washington D.C. She enjoyed going to the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian, National History Museum, and the mall.
She also enjoyed meeting new people during mealtime.
Fry also learned the six pillars of character: integrity, respect, responsibility, fairness, compassion, and citizenship.
Spiess enjoyed the interaction she had with small groups. She also liked meeting new people, traveling, and going outside her comfort zone.
She learned that when she is presenting in front of a group, she should be herself.