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Mandan FFA attends winter leadership conference

Attendees to the 360 Conference include (l-r) Callen Clarys, Cullen Gress, Clay Heidecker, Renae Tokach, Tanner Gress, Vanessa Gross, Hunter Kleinjan, Macey Isaacs, Tessa Keller, Jessica Fleck, Kaylyn Hopfauf, Matt Smith and Sydni Schmidt. Submitted photos


The Mandan FFA Chapter recently attended the annual Winter Leadership Conferences at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck on Jan. 5 and 6. These conferences are designed to teach FFA members valuable leadership skill to help them along in their FFA careers and also in the real world.

During this two-day event, the first year members attended the Greenhand Conference. Because this is the introductory session, it is also known as the 101 Conference, for that is the name given to introductory courses in college. This year, 11 freshmen attended, whose names are as follows: Cole Garman, Stetson Ellingson, Bryce Peters, Reese Jorgenson, Leslie Miller, Brady Schock, Haley Geiger, Bobbi Jo Bahm, Lukas Masseth, Payton Schaff, and Shandra Getzlaff.

The second year FFA members had the opportunity to attend the 212 Conference. With this year’s focus being on virtues, these sessions were designed to push the attendees past any limitations and on to the “boiling point” of their leadership abilities. This year, participation was high, for 11 members attended this conference including Marcus Isaacs, Cody Cahoon, Emily Bendish, Matt Vannett, Paige Fisher, Cullen Gress, Tanna Bahm, Sam Halstengard, Stacia Hopfauf, Cody Wald, and Patrick Johnson.

For their last years, members are put into the 360 Conference. This year, these sessions were all centered around the idea of vision. Attendees in this “360” Conference learn how to create an action plan to enact in their chapter by going full circle to develop their leadership skills. This year, Jessica Fleck, Sydni Schmidt, Kaylyn Hopfauf, Macey Isaacs, Renae Tockach, Tessa Keller, Vanessa Gross, Tanner Gress, Hunter Kleinjan, Callen Clarys, Matt Smith, and Clay Heidecker had the opportunity to become well rounded leaders in this final conference.

In addition, Tresurer Jessica Fleck received an expansion grant to help her along with her Supervised Agricultural Experience project. She hopes to expand her cattle herd with the money received.

Second year members attending the 212 Conference (l-r) Cody Cahoon, Tanna Bahm, Paige Fisher, Cody Wald, Cullen Gress, Stacia Hopfauf, Matt Vannett, Emily Bendish, Sam Halstengard, Marcus Isaacs and Patrick Johnson.