|Weihl to serve on student advisory team|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:21|
Caroline Weihl of Perrysburg, has been selected as a 2013-14 Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team member.
Weihl and the other eight team members represent their peers on a national level and were selected through a competitive application process. The team met with the AFA Campus Ambassadors April 11-13 in Kansas City, Mo., to kick off their year of service and go through training and goal setting exercises.
Weihl, an Otsego High School graduate, said she is looking forward to interacting with her teammates and other AFA students.
"There are so many outstanding students who participate in this program," she said. "I am excited to meet them and collaborate with them to expand their growth."
Throughout the year of service, Weihl and her fellow team members will serve as ambassadors between AFA and their college campuses and AFA's corporate partners. AFA is a non-profit organization providing leader development, intern support and leader and academic scholarships to young men and women pursuing careers in the agriculture and food industry.
"AFA is an exceptional organization that truly shapes the lives of upcoming leaders in the agricultural industry," Weihl said. "Students gain life-long experiences that help them emerge from their college careers to be valuable employees in the workforce."
A major component of the Student Advisory Team's responsibilities is the planning and delivery of the 2013 AFA Leaders Conference. Held Nov. 7-10 in Kansas City, Mo., this event is AFA's core leader development program and will draw more than 500 collegiate leaders from across the nation. More than 150 industry professionals will engage with Weihl and her peers throughout the Conference environment.
Weihl is studying agricultural communication at The Ohio State University. This summer, she is interning with Bader Rutter & Associates as an agri-marketing intern. Weihl's experiences at school coupled with her internship and AFA experience are vital to her future success.
She said, "AFA has had a large impact on my professional development in the agricultural industry, and I look forward to paying it forward to the organization. I hope to help other students find their way to excel personally and professionally."
Weihl's entrance into the AFA leader development program began her sophomore year of college when she was selected as an AFA Leaders Conference delegate. Since then, she has attended two years of Conference and the AFA Policy Institute. In addition to her involvement with AFA, Weihl has also been active in other organizations, including the Ohio FFA Association, Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Ambassador program, the Scarlet and Gray Ag Day committee and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.
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