De Smet FFA members discover their superpowers


The South Dakota FFA Association conducted its annual Leadership Retreat July 6-9, at Storm Mountain, Rapid City. A total of 85 FFA members in grades 7 – 12 from across South Dakota attended the Storm Mountain Camp.

The De Smet FFA Chapter had two officers and two other members in attendance. Those attending from De Smet were Tucker Anderson, River Hornig, Dylan Rowcliffe and Gannon Gruenhagen.

The retreat centered on a survivor theme, focusing on teaching members how to “Learn, Lead and Succeed.” FFA members developed and enhanced their leadership skills and self-confidence through interactive learning. The program featured workshops that helped members discover the value of servant leadership, personal values, personal and team strengths, creating effective teams, Ag advocacy, positive mindset and conflict resolution. They will use these new skills and ideas to benefit their local chapters and communities. Retreat attendees also participated in a service-learning project helping with beautification projects at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City and attending the lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

The retreats were directed by the 2021-2022 State FFA Officers: President, Tessa Erdmann, Groton; Vice President, John Petersen, Sturgis; Secretary, Hadley Stiefvater, Salem; Treasurer, Paige Lehrkamp, Hermosa; Reporter, Alexis Hughes, Rapid City and Sentinel, Trinity Peterson, Willow Lake. Retreat staff also included Kayleigh Thill, Chancellor and Kylie Harriman, Parker; S.D. FFA Ambassadors.


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