July 06, 2011 Edition

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BR FFA students attend
Washington conference

Black Rock High School students Jacob Robins and Whitney Meeks recently attended the FFA Washington Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C.
Submitted Photo ~ Candi Meeks
Juniors Jacob Robins and Whitney Meeks recently represented the Black Rock High School FFA at the National FFA Organization's Washington Leadership Conference, held in Washington, D.C.

The focus of the conference is to increase students' leadership skills to the highest level by understanding and knowing their purpose, valuing people in every community and taking action to serve others.

During the five-day event, Robins and Meeks were trained on ways to make a positive impact in their school, local community, state and country.

Each day students would participate in leadership-building activities from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Students also participated in community service projects to learn how to help others and work together as a team.

"It was nice to be able to help people with growing their garden," Meeks said referring to one project.

Students also toured the city, including Arlington Cemetery and witnessed the changing of the guards.

"We also saw the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Monument, the Lincoln Monument Capitol and the U.S. Marine War Memorial," Robins said.

"My favorite was the changing of the guards at the Arlington National Cemetery," Meeks commented. Robins agreed. Robins and Meeks were the first students from Black Rock to attend the event; both encouraged to attend by Black Rock FFA advisor Terry Rorex. Robins, treasurer of the local chapter, is the son of Ronnie and Tammy Robins of Black Rock. Meeks, president, is the daughter of Gary and Candi Meeks of Powhatan.

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