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Congrats to FFA on continued successes

As our region’s economy evolves, it may be tempting to believe organizations such as the FFA are outdated. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Jim and Sandy Wagner of Vincent demonstrate FFA has been so important to their family that it has become a tradition carried on by generations. Jim and three of his granddaughters have achieved State FFA Degrees; and, in fact, two of the granddaughters have also received their American FFA Degrees.

But while, yes, the Wagners do live and work on a farm, that does not mean the value of FFA is limited to the purely agricultural community.

“FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success,” according to the organization’s website. “Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.”

Tomorrow marks the start of national FFA Week, during which the organization will take the opportunity to toot its own horn a bit. But that’s the thing about folks like those who grow up with the values learned in FFA — they tend to be more the folks getting the job done than talking about it.

Sierra Sinclair, a Warren High School student and one of the Wagner’s granddaughters, talked about “the opportunities I’ve had, the memories I’ve made and the things I’ve learned as part of FFA.”

It is important for young people to have that kind of foundation as they spring into careers and real-world responsibilities.

Congratulations to the 92-year-old organization as it prepares to celebrate another FFA Week. Certainly the Mid-Ohio Valley and our country are better off because they are part of our communities.

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