Addison Spolyar, an intern with the Michigan Corn Office, recently returned from Louisville, KY, where she and nearly 63,000 students, teachers and guests attended the 2013 FFA National Conference.
Students, including state officers and chapter representatives from the Michigan FFA, were able to watch leadership competitions, listen to motivational speakers and attend a trade show, as well as many other activities at the 86th annual event.
Spolyar, a junior at Michigan State University, is no stranger to FFA. The Jonesville native, who is majoring in Crop and Soil Science with a specialization in Ag Business Management, has held several FFA offices, including serving as the 2011-2012 Michigan FFA State President. She became interested in agriculture through her involvement in 4-H, showing beef and swine, as well as being an active member of the Jonesville High School FFA chapter.
"My experience with FFA really sparked my interest in a career in agriculture and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to still be involved and support the organization as an alumni," says Spolyar. "When students get involved with FFA, it opens so many doors for them that they otherwise may not have known existed and helps them to develop the skills and talents that the ag industry need in its future leaders."
At MSU, Addie is involved in the university's National Agri-Marketing Association chapter, serving as the Public Relations chair and a member of the presentation team. This past summer she was able to further her agronomy knowledge by completing a sales and marketing internship with Helena Chemical Company in western Michigan.