Joaquin Cantu of

the Edinburg Economedes FFA Chapter performed with the Texas FFA

Chorus at the 82nd annual Texas FFA Convention held here July

13-16.

The Texas FFA

Chorus was formed 15 years ago to entertain members and guests at

the organizationís state convention and is modeled after the

national chorus which has been in existence since 1948.

Cantu was one of

37 FFA members chosen to participate in the Texas FFA Chorus.

Members of the chorus never worked together prior to arriving in

Corpus Christi two days before the convention began. The chorus

performed for members and guests throughout the week. Chorus

members are chosen from an audition tape and selection is based on

vocal music ability.

The 82nd annual

Texas FFA Convention recorded 11,120 members and guests. Members of

the agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week

attending leadership workshops, participating in events and

activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as

the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA has

evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production

agriculture, to a broader-based encompassing organization that

addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban

schools in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in

1929.

The Texas FFA is

the nationís largest state FFA associations with a membership of

approximately 74,000 and more than 1,000 local FFA chapters. FFA

gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom

knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and

national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA

Association visit

"http://www.texasffa.org">www.texasffa.org.