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FFA members gather for state convention June 4-6

FFA members from across the state will meet June 4-6 in Las Cruces for the 79th Annual State FFA Convention.

New Mexico State University will host the three-day event, during which FFA members will gather for contests, elections, workshops and awards. This year's theme is "Blue Jackets, Gold Standards," inspired by the organization's colors, national blue and corn gold.

"The State FFA Convention is really about leadership. It's the culmination of a year's work for the students who attend," said Les Purcella, state FFA supervisor.

Students will compete in a variety of contests, such as public speaking and marketing. The winners of the contests will receive their awards during the convention. Some students will also receive awards for projects completed during the year.

Current state officers will give their retiring addresses, and the new officer team will be introduced and installed. National FFA officers also will be at the convention presenting workshops.

The keynote speaker is Roger Crawford, America's Possibilities Coach. He focuses on helping people to overcome obstacles "in order to inspire a winning attitude in life," according to information from the state FFA offices. Crawford has been inducted into three separate halls of fame because of his achievements.

The length of the convention is shorter this year than in the past. "This year, a day has been trimmed in order to save money for school budgets. This way, schools can continue to come," Purcella said.

New Mexico FFA has over 4,000 members spanning 87 chapters and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for growth and success through agricultural education.