Local FFA Member Selected for National Conference

T. Wayne Williams, Woodbury FFA Chapter President at Cannon County High School in Woodbury, Tennessee, has been selected to attend the Next Gen: Animal Systems Conference in Denver, Colorado, February 28th – March 3rd, 2023. 

Fifty applicants were selected out of the competitive pool of National FFA memberships from across the country. This conference is described as a “unique learning and networking experience [for its attendees].” Next Gen Conference has an exciting program lined up for attendees, including:  

  • New and emerging ideas, trends and products in animal systems.
  • Advocacy and Engagement
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Career/College Plan Development
  • Chapter/Community Engagement

Williams will fly and spend the week working amongst some of National FFA’s best and brightest pursuing to make an impact within the animal science community.He said, “I am extremely honored and excited to be selected to attend the Next Gen: Animal Systems Conference. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait for all the experiences that lie ahead at this conference. I hope to learn more about the animal industry as a whole and the advancements in technology that are coming to this industry. This conference will allow me to bring back ideas and trending topics to my family’s beef operation for my supervised agriculture experience and to my chapter.”

“I am extremely excited for T. Wayne to have this opportunity. He is truly the epitome of what qualities an FFA member should possess and represents Woodbury FFA and Cannon County High School Agriculture Department through all of his endeavors” said Emily Haley, Woodbury FFA Advisor- Cannon County High School.

This conference will allow Williams to have insight into the animal industry and bring back those ideas and topics to his own chapter. These will impact future Career Development Events, Leadership Contests and Conferences, as well as his application of knowledge towards the Tennessee FFA Agriscience Fair. 

The National FFA, and Woodbury FFA, readily prepares students for a variety of career paths. As the mission statement says, “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.” His attendance at this conference will do just that.

“T. Wayne is an outstanding young man and scholar,” said Mr. William Freddy Curtis – Director of Cannon County Schools. “This is a tremendous opportunity, not only for Mr. Williams to experience, but that he will bring back a world of information to share with his fellow Agriscience students at Cannon County High School.  We wish for him to have a unique experience that will be life-changing and rewarding for him personally in his agriculture journey.  T. Wayne represents Cannon County Schools as one of our best!  I appreciate his personal efforts to help in the MISSION of Cannon County Schools: – ‘To Actively Engage in Excellence EVERY Day in EVERY Way!’ He is most assuredly doing that in his chosen field of Agriculture!”