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  CTSO Day at the Capitol
By: State FFA Reporter Amie Wilcox
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
     
When you hear people talk about all the Career and Technical Organizations (CTSO) in Arkansas, what does that mean to you?

Maybe you’ve been involved in many other CTSO's other than FFA or, maybe FFA is your main squeeze. Either way, there are some awesome CTSO’s out there that we got to spend a little time with this week at CTSO Day at the Capitol.

At the event, state representatives from DECA, FCCLA, HOSA, JAG, Skills USA, FBLA, Phi Beta Lambda, and of course, FFA, gathered together in the state capitol building’s rotunda to promote what our organizations stand for.

Arkansas FFA’s booth proudly displayed many different aspects of agricultural education, from animal science to floriculture, all the way to forestry and mechanics. There were even two iPads constantly displaying pictures of fairs and supervised agricultural experiences (SAE) projects, along with chapter programs.

Throughout the day, Arkansas FFA state officers had the opportunity to talk to many senators, representatives, and members of other organizations about what agriculture education and FFA really stands for and what we strive to instill in our members today.

Other events of the day included visiting an education committee meeting, sitting in the House of Representatives gallery, lunch in the Capitol Café, and even a short visit with Governor Beebe.

Without a doubt, some of my favorite parts of the day occurred when talking with a legislator who was telling us about their own experience in our organization, or the impact it had on someone they knew.

CTSO Day at the Capitol was a day surrounded with people of similar visions, and other organizations with similar goals. This day reminded me that we have the power share our light with others. I like to think that we all have our own candle. As we share our light and share what our organization stands for, we can be positive advocates for agriculture in every situation.

 
 
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