The National FFA officer team visited Global Impact STEM Academy recently to lead a program called “Experience State.” In the program, the team travels around Ohio to implement many of the skills they’re learning in their national roles, including workshop facilitation, keynote presentation and public speaking.
“The National FFA officers are great models for our students and other local FFA students, and this was a great opportunity to host them as they hone and share their leadership skills across Ohio,” says Josh Jennings, Global Impact founding director. “Both students and staff harnessed some key takeaways from the day’s program that they’ll be able to apply in their FFA programs and schools.”
The Global Impact STEM Academy is the first STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school of its kind in the nation. It focuses on career readiness and preparing Ohio students for jobs in the fields of biosciences, like food and agriculture; environmental studies; health care; and energy.
Officer team came to Springfield ‘by chance’
National FFA President Kolesen McCoy, a 2017 graduate of Global Impact, returned to his alma mater and hometown of Springfield, Ohio. He was selected for the national leadership position in November.
“It’s by chance we ended up in Ohio for Experience State Week, and it’s a very unique opportunity to see all of these familiar faces in [FFA] blue jackets and these ag advisors with the same passion that I remember,” McCoy says. “It’s very humbling to be back at Global Impact with my national team and a good boost to start the year.”
Approximately 120 local students — including FFA officers, class officers from Global Impact and five other Clark County schools — gathered for the series of workshops facilitated by the National FFA officers, including two keynote presentations in John Legend Theater in the Global Impact STEM Academy. They were joined for lunch by several local elected officials and special guests, including state Rep. Kyle Koehler; Melanie Flax Wilt, Clark County commissioner; and David Estrop, Springfield city commissioner.