Northcutt Attends HYMAX Academy

June 27, 2019
Pictured is Elizabeth Northcutt, third from left, with her small group before presenting their topic of GMO Labeling to the other Hymax academy members. Pictured is Elizabeth Northcutt, third from left, with her small group before presenting their topic of GMO Labeling to the other Hymax academy members.

Kaiser, Mo- One hundred members from across Missouri attended the Annual HYMAX Academy from June 14 - June 16, 2019. Mark Twain FFA member, Elizabeth Northcutt, being one of them.
Helping Youth Maximize their Agricultural eXperience, is a prestigious State Leadership Academy sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association and held at Camp Rising Sun, located within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. The 2019 HYMAX Academy provided extensive leadership training focusing on developing self, working on teams, agriculture advocacy, and learning how to enhance their Supervised Agricultural Experience. Academy members were taught by agriculture and leadership experts, along with touring non-traditional agriculture businesses.
These 100 high school entering sophomores were selected out of many applicants to attend this specialized academy based on their FFA leadership involvement, community engagement, and academics. HYMAX Academy members were mentored by MO State FFA Officers as well as past MO State FFA Officers, Agricultural Educators, and MO FFA State Staff. Students learned how to advocate for agriculture, overcome obstacles and develop their communication and personal skills.
The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Nationally there are over 500,000 FFA members. Missouri ranks 4th in the nation with over 25,000 FFA members.