WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Although she hails from Louisiana, Layni LeBanc, who currently is serving as the 2018-2019 National FFA secretary, has begun to think of as Indiana as her second home.

“Indiana is like a second home to me,” LeBanc said, adding that she feels that way since she has spent so much time in the Hoosier state since the National FFA Headquarters is in Indianapolis.

Recently, LeBanc had the opportunity to speak to Indiana FFA members during the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention.

LeBanc said that during her year of service as a National FFA officer, she and her fellow teammates have each attended around eight to nine state FFA conventions around the country, speaking and interacting with FFA members.

LeBanc said that the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention was the last one she had the honor of attending while representing FFA on a national level.

“This is my first time at the Indiana FFA State Convention,” LeBanc said.

During her keynote address, where she spoke to hundreds of Indiana FFA members from all over the state, she encouraged them to always go after what they are passionate about, whether it is being an FFA member showing livestock or mentoring others.

LeBanc told FFA members to figure out what one thing they could talk about for hours on end and ask themselves if they are giving it enough time and making it a priority in their lives.

“Every person has a story. Dare to design your own story,” LeBanc said.

Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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