Letter to the Editor: FFA leader offers report on her year


There are many people in our community who are tied to agricultural education and/or the FFA. I am thankful for every one of them. Here’s an update on my year of service.

National FFA Week was Feb. 18-25. As a Strasburg High School graduate and FFA alumnus, I reminisce on the National FFA Week festivities in my hometown. This year I celebrated FFA Week in an association blue jacket instead of one that says Strasburg. My teammates and I traveled to 30 schools to celebrate FFA Week. We taught students and members that we need to transform our purpose to action because alot of us have visions and passions, but they remain still until we create goals and put them into action.

By the end of the week our team was in Washington, D.C., for the Farm Bureau Young Farmers Expo. On that Sunday the Virginia FFA Association was honored to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After celebrating a week of the organization we love we are  preparing for a two-week agricultural experience in Europe.

While I am celebrating and receiving opportunities in a different FFA jacket this year, I constantly reminisce and check in on my home chapter. I stay in touch with my mentors Brian Fisher, Abbi Copp and Jaclyn Ryan, who had been my agricultural educators and FFA advisers over my seven years as an FFA member prior to being elected as a state officer. I enjoy hearing all of the things the chapter does and I often visit Strasburg FFA. Sure it takes “just one person to make a difference” or “if the opportunity is there all you have to do it take it.” Though I agree with those two statements, what really makes things special/worth while are the people who carry you through those experiences.

My people are Virginia FFA members, my community members, Strasburg FFA, my advisers, my friends and my family. Whether I am somewhere else in Virginia with FFA members or in Europe, I am forever thankful to be representing – to be Strasburg, Virginia.

Ashley Yanego,
Virginia FFA state president