Both FFA members growing up, Carolyn Lawrence and Daniele Riley were surprised to learn that the College did not have a chapter. FFA involvement had a positive impact on their lives before college.
“FFA made me a person confident enough to start a program on my own here at Wilson,” Lawrence said. A similar sentiment is echoed by Riley. “FFA brought me out of my shell,” she said. “I used to sit in the back of the room, but now I’m a leader.”
After Tina Roles, instructor of veterinary medical technology, agreed to be the chapter’s adviser, Lawrence and Riley scheduled a meeting to gauge initial interest. “We had about 20 students attend that meeting and received almost 20 emails from other students interested in joining the chapter, but unable to make the meeting,” Lawrence said.
At the collegiate level, FFA operates as a service organization within the community, providing the possibility of the Wilson chapter partnering with the FFA chapter at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and with local 4-H groups. Members of the Wilson club will also have the ability to travel to compete in livestock judging competitions.
The new program structure of FFA will give all Wilson students the chance to be involved, according to Lawrence and Riley. “FFA is no longer just agriculture based," Lawrence said. "The program supports everything: art, photography, music. FFA allows everyone to be a part.”
For information on Wilson’s FFA chapter, contact Carolyn Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org or Daniele Riley at email@example.com.