Neshoba Central FFA member Grace Everett has earned an opportunity to travel to Spain and Portugal in early 2020 to attend an international leadership seminar.
Neshoba Central FFA member Grace Everett has earned an opportunity to travel to Spain and Portugal in early 2020 to attend an international leadership seminar.

Neshoba Central High School senior Grace Everett will travel to Portugal and Spain in January to participate in a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to learn about agriculture from a global perspective.

Everett was selected to attend the International Leadership Seminar for State FFA Officers.

She currently serves as reporter for the Mississippi FFA Association. She will represent her school and FFA Chapter, as well as the state association and the national organization during the seminar, Jan. 2 through Jan. 15.



Only 75 state officers from across the United States were chosen for this honor. Everett, 17, will be the only attendee from Mississippi.

She has been in FFA at Neshoba Central since the 10th grade.

“FFA teaches younger generations many skills to help them be successful in life through competitions, leadership contests, conventions and camps,” Everett said.

“My entire family has always been in FFA. Family-based is what roped me into it.”

Everett has worked hard to sharpen her leadership skills through FFA, which will be a plus for her when she is at the seminar.

Participants will visit farms and agribusiness, share in the local culture and develop themselves as culturally aware students. They will explore the capitals of Portugal and Spain and will venture into the countryside of each area submerging themselves in the local agriculture.

Neshoba Central FFA Advisor Derek Huffman is very proud of Everett.

“She’s the first state FFA officer we’ve had at Neshoba Central in seven years,” Huffman said. “It’s a big honor. Grace is ambitious. She takes initiative and gets the job done without having to be asked. She was very driven when she came to FFA. Her ambition was to be a state officer.”

Huffman said the seminar would be a great experience for Everett, who was selected through an essay application process.

Everett had to write five essays. One topic was how she would be a good leader to represent her state and country.  Another was how she would share her experience from the seminar with her FFA members when she returned.

“I’m very excited about the trip,” she said. “I want to learn about the different ag commodities they have in Spain and Portugal. I hope to experience their ag backgrounds and come back and compare and contrast between them and Mississippi. 
“I also want to show them that the U. S. and FFA have good leaders coming up,” she said.

Superintendent of Education Lundy Brantley is excited for Everett. 

“Grace is an outstanding person and student,” he said. “We are so proud of her.”

Everett and Huffman are seeking support and donations to make the trip possible. Donations are tax deductible and can be made payable to the Neshoba Central FFA with Grace Everett ILSSO in the memo or payable to her with ILSSO in the memo.

Everett is the daughter of Susan Withers of Philadelphia and John Everett of DeKalb. She is the granddaughter of Linda Rigdon of Forest and Mary Everett of Decatur.