TFB youth leadership conference turns 50

CAMERON—High school students in Milam County who are interested in developing the values of citizenship, patriotism, capitalism and leadership are invited to attend Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) 50th Annual Youth Leadership Conference June 17-21 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

“We are pleased to sponsor local students to attend this conference, where they learn more about the cornerstones of our country—the U.S. Constitution and our free enterprise system,” Jay Beckhusen, Milam County Farm Bureau president, said. “These are values that we must pass down to future generations.”

Youths will hear from energetic speakers and participate in engaging activities that will help them prepare for leadership opportunities in their schools, churches, communities and later, the workforce.

Qualified participants must be entering their junior or senior years of high school in August and be ranked in the top 30 percent of their class for academics. If selected to attend, the student will receive a full scholarship for the event.

Youth Leadership Conference attendees also are invited to participate in TFB’s Free Enterprise Speech Contest. Contestants must deliver a six-minute speech in the community at least five times to qualify for the district competition. District winners will compete during the TFB annual meeting in San Antonio in December.

Free Enterprise Speech Contest scholarships will be awarded at the following levels: district winners, $1,500 each; four finalists, $2,000 each; runner-up, $3,000; and winner, $6,000. In addition, the district winners will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., with TFB representatives.

Students interested in participating in the Youth Leadership Conference or the Free Enterprise Speech Contest should contact the Milam County Farm Bureau office at 254-697-6488. Applications are due by May 1.

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