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Georgia FFA

Posted on July 13th, 2017.

Mr. Roever,


What an absolute joy it was to have you serve as the kickoff speaker for the 89th Georgia FFA Convention. In the 27 years that I have been attending state and national FFA conventions as a student and staff member, you are easily one of my all-time favorites.

Your message resonates so clearly with all audiences. As someone responsible for providing learning opportunities for young people, I value not only your passion and humor, but also your candor. Your willingness, and your ability, to address very serious and sensitive topics that young people face is refreshing.  I appreciate the way you do not preach to the students. Instead you walk through the difficult discussion with them.  You allow yourself to be vulnerable, and you address the issues the students are facing head on. Every young person should hear your message!


Throughout our convention, and in the days and weeks following, I received a great deal of feedback from the event. Countless people, from middle school students to parents, listed your presentation as their favorite part of the convention. I am not at all surprised. You hit a homerun, and made an incredibly positive impact on our FFA members, advisors, and guests. It was great having you as a highlight of our convention.


If you need any additional information, please contact me.


Ben Lastly

Executive Secretary, Georgia FFA Association

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