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Lucerne Valley FFA Gets Ready for National FFA Week

The Lucerne Valley Chapter FFA has entered its busy season.
Earlier this month, new members competed in the FFA Creed competition, while more experienced FFA members attended Made for Excellence (MFE) and Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA) events in Ontario. Coming up next is National FFA Week.
Lucerne Valley FFA chapter members participated in the MFE, ALA and other events during a regional FFA multi-day event in Ontario January 31-February 1.
Designed for experienced FFA members, the ALA event taught students to experience the four stages of team development; establish how to work effectively on a team; take responsibility for own actions; practice Conflict Resolution Strategies; conduct a critical analysis of a chapter event using a S.W.O.T. Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats); create a plan of action for improvement of a chapter event from their chapters Program of Activities; discover methods of establishing buy-in (WIIFM) and building support for their chapter project; and walk away with new chapter ideas and ways to incorporate agriculture into any chapter event.
The following are Lucerne Valley FFA members who participated in the ALA event: Katelyn Miller, Omar Orozco, Jesus Alcazar and Korrina Medina.
MFE is designed to help newer FFA students understand who they are and how they can build trust, show vulnerability and give empathy in order to develop relationships to ultimately influence those around them. During the event, Lucerne Valley students learned how to define leadership and the different leadership “truths”;  develop five core values to help guide life decisions;  explore how to continually build leadership as a skill over time; evaluate and improve self-integrity; practice three ways to build lasting relationships; evaluate the message the Agricultural Industry portrays through different forms of media; and walk away with three specific practices to implement after the conference. 
The following are the Lucerne Valley FFA members who participated in the MFE: Amanda Aguilar, Liliana Velasco, Cadence Russ, Melody Pico, Thomas Cota, Landon Lindner, Josclyn Nichols, Abigail Johnson, Chris Lowe, Oliver Crouse, Jasmine N, Yasmine Trujillo, Daisy Alonzo.
Freshman Ian Collins competed in the Creed Competition.
The National FFA Week, which is coming up next, is a time to share what FFA is and impact it has on members. Lucerne Valley FFA plans on numerous events that will conclude with a spirited competition between the classes. FFA Chapter President Katelyn Miller provided an update on Chapter activities during the February 13 meeting of the Lucerne Valley USD’s governing board.

The FFA Creed

I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
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