With the recent election of President George W. Bush, both the state of Texas and the issue of education are in the national spotlight. The theme of this year’s National FFA Week, Discover the Power, is a timely attribution to the awesome potential of youth and education in our great state. The FFA is a proactive organization that encourages members to discover the power they possess. FFA membership allows students many opportunities to tap into their personal power in a variety of ways. Students can participate in leadership and career development events that include activities such as public speaking, radio broadcasting, public relations, and many others. Supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs provide members with real-world professional experience. The Texas FFA Association is the largest state affiliate of the National FFA Organization with over 57,000 members statewide and more than 970 local chapters. Texas members compete for over $1 million in scholarships annually and are very competitive nationally. In 2000, Texas members took top honors in the country by finishing first in the agricultural issues forum, poultry judging, food science and technology team events and placing first individually in agricultural communications, fiber crop production, and floriculture. In addition, the 2000-01 National FFA President hails from Throckmorton. Students who take advantage of the diverse opportunities within the FFA are better prepared for a future in the dynamic agricultural industry, which now encompasses more than 300 careers. FFA membership gives students an advantage by exposing them to international cultures, global agriculture and emerging technologies. By equipping students with the proper tools, FFA membership instills a power that will remain with them for life. The Texas FFA Association is led by the 2000-01 State Officer Team consisting of: Dustin Kinder, President, Livingston; Dustin Clark, 1st Vice President, Waxahachie; Ben Pigg, Vice President, Turkey; Clay Cade, Vice President, Rotan; Jason McClure, Vice President, Caney Creek; Wes Cooper, Vice President, Olney; Brad Mabry, Vice President, Weatherford; Damon Young, Vice President, Mineola; Matthew Kempen, Vice President, Somerset; and Mac Laas, Vice President, Yoakum. National FFA Week is being held February 17-21, 2001 and is an opportunity for local chapters across the U.S. to share and promote their successes with their local communities. The National FFA Organization consists of over 440,000 members located across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. The FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students be developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more information about the Texas State Association please contact the agriculture science and technology teacher at your local high school or the State FFA Office at (512) 480-8045.