By Abigail Paxton Utica FFA Reporter 2019-2020
On September 25, some of the Utica FFA Chapter officers took a trip to the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference or OLLC. The 5 officers that went were; Rachel Dickson(President), Emily Hill(Vice President), Amanda Annett(Treasurer), Hadley Ramirez-George(Secretary), and Abby Paxton(Reporter). The officers traveled to the Ohio State House for the Conference.
Throughout the Conference, the officers learned and did several actives on leadership during the day. During the first session, the officers learned about lobbyist and representatives. They learned what they are, what they do, and how anyone can do it. Then, they did an activity on the two topics. All the FFA members that went were divided into 22 groups, 11 were lobbyist trying to get a certain chosen topic changed by law and the other 11 were representatives, half of the groups were republican and half were democratic. The lobbyist would go around to the representative groups and try and get the law changed on their topic. Based on the representatives view in the folder, the groups would answer on what they would do to the law. Either they would choose to change it or keep it the same.
After all the groups went around they reflected on the pros and challenges of the activity. The activity taught everybody respect, leadership, and showed that anyone can have an option and try to change it. After the first session was dismissed, the officers had a chance to explore the State house before the luncheon. The explored the Senate Chambers and learned new facts about the building. During the luncheon, many people representatives of Ohio FFA and the Ohio Senate spoke. The team learned a lot from everything they did and had an amazing time!