This summer the officers of the Cherokee FFA attended the state FFA convention in Corpus Christi. We spent a week learning how to become better leaders and listened to several speakers give great inspirational speeches. Listening to these speakers helped us understand the importance of communication and leadership.Community service is a major part of the FFA. Other than just learning to be leaders, we got to practice community service by cleaning the beach. We were part of one hundred FFA students that helped beautify South Padre Island. We also donated canned food items that were donated to all the local food banks.We also had a few members participate in activities at the convention. Barbara Uribe competed in the state Spanish Creed competition and did very well. Talli Morrison served on the Courtesy Corps. Burnam Sloan rode bulls in the FFA rodeo for two days and did well.The officer delegates that were responsible for voting in the business and general sessions of the convention were: Talli Morrison, Barbara Uribe, Lauryn Tatsch, Stephen Austermann, and Emily Skaggs. We allowed two junior members, Tori Morrison and Courtney Hull, to be the representatives of the Junior FFA.On the last night of the convention, the Cherokee FFA gave two officers, Talli Morrison (President) and Barbara Uribe (Vice President), the honor of going on stage to receive our charter. It was exciting to finally be recognized as an official FFA chapter.Not only was the trip educational, it was also an opportunity for some of the officers to venture outside of San Saba County. On the Thursday before we left Corpus Christi, we took a fun trip to the beach. Wes Harris (Advisor) and Stephen Austermann (Treasurer) went fishing and had a good time.