Parker Dunkerley of the Henrietta FFA was chosen as a Texas FFA Foundation Ambassador for the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 8-12 at the Dallas Convention Center.
Dunkerley was one of 60 Texas FFA members chosen to serve as a Foundation Ambassador. Candidates applied through a competitive application process, with emphasis on FFA involvement, individual accomplishments and community service. During the largest youth led convention in Texas, the Foundation Ambassadors serve as face-to-face hosts for special guests, sponsors and dignitaries on behalf of the Texas FFA.
“Our Foundation Ambassadors, like many of the students who serve during convention, provide a valuable service in demonstrating the servant leadership traits of the Texas FFA. We appreciate these young people for volunteering their time to ensure our special guests have an extraordinary convention experience and for sharing the positive story of Texas agricultural education and the FFA,” said Texas FFA Foundation Executive Director Aaron Alejandro.
Prior to arriving in Dallas, Ambassadors studied the history of the Texas FFA, Texas FFA Foundation and the Texas FFA Convention. Once onsite, they received extensive training focusing on donor relations, personal skills development and professional networking in preparation for their week of service. In addition, the ambassadors have a unique opportunity of experiencing firsthand the behind the scene complexities of convention week.
The state convention is an exciting event used to inspire and motivate student leaders from more than 1,000 chapters in Texas to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Throughout convention week, approximately 11,000 members and guests attend, with more than $2 million in scholarships to be awarded and more than 2,500 students recognized on stage for their accomplishments at the state level. The FFA continues to grow in Texas. With more than 94,000 members across Texas, it is the largest state association in the nation.
The Texas FFA Foundation strives to build a strong future for Texas young people and agriculture. Texas agricultural education and the FFA are strong today because of the financial support of businesses, individuals and organizations whom have chosen to make an investment guaranteed to grow. The Texas FFA Foundation provides a way for businesses, industries, other foundations and individuals to contribute financially, supporting scholarships and programs services, making certain the continued strength of one of Texas’ most distinguished youth programs.
For more information or to contribute, visit the Texas FFA Foundation online.