Simms FFA Hosts National Secretary Jackson Sylvester

SIMMS - It was with great excitement that Simms FFA hosted an all school assembly with National FFA Secretary, Jackson Sylvester, on Tuesday, August 30. This was an amazing opportunity regardless of the student’s involvement in FFA. Jackson presented the concept of being where your boots are! He said that many high school students spend their time looking ahead, which is important, but they miss the opportunities they have at the time. Students were encouraged to participate, support their fellow classmates, and be involved in all aspects of the school. Jackson shared his experiences of traveling the United States and world representing the worlds largest in school youth organization, FFA.

Students were able to hear Jackson’s FFA story, be encouraged to participate in high school events and activities, and all high school students were provided with new Simms FFA t-shirts. Thank you to all the local businesses that sponsored the Simms FFA t-shirts this year.

Jackson is a certified welder, fabricator, and machinist who strives to own his own business. He will be addressing our students to strive for the highest achievements in FFA and all other areas of life, regardless of background or future goals!

Jackson Sylvester first became involved in FFA in the sixth grade at W.T. Chipman Middle School. He credits his involvement to his dad, an FFA Alum and former Delaware FFA Officer.

“My first supervised agricultural experience began as a freshman in high school,” Sylvester said, “and by my senior year, I had focused all my attention on starting the Lake Forest FFA Dairy Lease Program.” Sylvester plans to start his own business in Delaware, allowing him to serve his community. “With this opportunity, I can focus on employing career-ready students immediately out of high school, granting me a way to assist in developing young FFA Alumni into strong citizens, community members, and employees.”

Each year, the National FFA Organization selects six student members to represent the organization as a national FFA officer. National officers dedicate one year of service with the organization. The time is spent representing student membership during meetings with the National FFA Board of Directors, facilitating workshops that bring leadership and knowledge to FFA members, delivering motivational speeches and serving as advocates for FFA on a global scale.

Any student enrolled in an agriculture class is an FFA member. What they do with that opportunity is up to them.