Student spotlight: RHS’s Kassidy Kelley provides leadership

By Lloyd Bruner

Classes in the agriscience department and membership in Ruston High School’s FFA provided Kassidy Kelley a solid foundation of knowledge and leadership.

Kelley worked hard and learned from others and became the RHS chapter president. Her reputation for excellence and leadership throughout the state led to her ascending to the position of Louisiana FFA state vice president. 

Kassidy has been a tremendous asset to Ruston High School FFA and for this community,” said Landon Wade, agriscience department head/FFA adviser at RHS. “She truly embodies all the qualities a parent or adviser want to see in students today. As chapter president, Kassidy motivates our members, creates new ways to get members involved, and continues to accomplish every goal she has set. She represents the state association and the Ruston High FFA with great class, and it has been a true pleasure serving as her adviser.”

Kelley hosted events and ensured that the RHS agriscience department and FFA chapter ran smoothly. She travelled the state visiting other school FFA members, promoting the organization. Kassidy also supervised running the North Louisiana Ag. Expo in Monroe.

“I gladly look forward to serving the rest of my senior year as chapter president and as Louisiana FFA vice president,” Kelley said.

Her FFA peers at RHS were more outspoken about Kassidy.

“Kassidy is always very responsible and active — a great leader,” said team member Raymond Granger. “Half of the ideas that she comes up with, I never would’ve thought of. It seemed that if we needed something figured out, she already had the answer.”  

Team members Caleb Granger and Carter Gay agreed that Kelley is one of the best presidents they have ever had and is great with communicating what the team needs.

“Kassidy is one of our most dedicated FFA members,” said RHS resident teacher and FFA adviser Caddie Coleman. “She’s always ready for the next big thing and is a great leader for our members.” 

Praise was also found at the state level of the FFA association.

“Kassidy always works with heart, dedication and enthusiasm,” Cade LeJuene, executive secretary of the Louisiana FFA Association, said. “She is always willing to help others, and she contributes great ideas and effort to our FFA projects. Kassidy has been willing to travel across Louisiana this year representing Louisiana FFA, and she even served as a delegate at the National FFA Convention in October. It has been a pleasure getting to know her this year, and I’m proud of how she has represented Ruston High School and our state.”

Kelley was recently awarded a School Based Agricultural Education grant that she will use to repair RHS’s greenhouses, allowing them to begin to sell the produce. She was the only person in the state of Louisiana to be awarded a grant. 

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