Capital experience for FFA officers

Jamie and Andrew stand behind seated Senator Seward

Schoharie Valley FFA Chapter President Andrew Hahn and Vice President Jamie Fox joined with fellow FFA officers and members from around the state in building leadership skills and advocating for agricultural education when they visited the New York State Legislature in Albany Feb. 4-5.

“Andrew and Jamie had several opportunities to grow as individuals and develop their skills through real, hands-on experiences at the state capital,” said FFA advisor and SCS teacher Dave Marbot. “The state leadership experience allowed them to apply what they’ve learned throughout their time in FFA.”

While in Albany, Andrew, Jamie and their FFA peers from the Schoharie Valley and beyond met with local and state officials, including Assemblyman Chris Tague and Senator James Seward. By engaging directly with local lawmakers, the students learned first-hand about the legislative process and issues facing the agricultural industry, and they developed a clear message for supporting agricultural education. They also shared their future dreams and stories of business ventures with their state officials.

The Albany leadership conference also provided an opportunity for Schoharie Valley FFA members to network with chapter leaders from across the state and demonstrate knowledge they’ve gained from classroom and FFA conference participation.

On Feb. 5, Andrew, Jamie and their fellow FFA members were formally recognized on the floor of the Assembly chamber.

View a video clip from NYS Assembly floor  (Schoharie Valley FFA at minute 13:30 to 14:30)

5 FFA members stand with Assemblyman Tague in Assembly chamber

Jamie and Andrew standing in Assembly chamber

Jamie Fox stands next ot a seated Senator Seward