Senior Mia Mears Reports on the FFA National Convention

Senior Mia Mears Reports on the FFA National Convention

The 92nd Annual National FFA Convention:

On the road down to Indianapolis, Indiana, fifteen FFA members and Mr. Watts stopped for a tour at Co-Alliance. There the members learned about soil types and how the farmers there work hard to get fields prepared for the next crop season. They got to look at a few tractors and learn about the different tractors that spray the fields and spread fertilizer. 

As they got to Indianapolis for the first day, the members got their hotel rooms and changed into official dress to head to the convention center. As they walked into the convention center, welcomed by many FFA members, the area was packed with blue jackets, cowboy hats, and official dress. Nothing screams FFA like thousands of members in one city. Later that evening they attended a Rodeo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

On the second day, the members were up early to go to a morning session in the Lucas Oil Stadium. The keynote speaker was Bob Goff. Mr. Goff is an author, the honorary consul to the Republic of Uganda, an attorney, and founder of Love does- a non-profit human rights organization in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq, and Somalia. Goff inspires young people to go after their dreams no matter how big and to always reach for the stars, the sky's the limit for everyone. 

After the session was over, the members went to the convention center to take a charter bus to Elanco. At Elanco, the students learned about career opportunities that Elanco offers and a tour of the building to see exactly how Elanco works to better agriculture. Elanco is about helping animal owners, from pets to livestock, and produces nutrients and drugs that enhance animal’s lives. Eli Lilly founded Elanco.

At the end of the second day, the members went back to the hotel for chapter bonding time which included swimming at the pool, playing card games, and mingling with other chapters at the hotel. 

The last day in Indianapolis was an early day, with the morning session starting things off with Ted McKinney as the keynote speaker. Mr. McKinney a government official who serves as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. He talked about how much FFA impacted him and helped him get to where he is today. Ted McKinney is living proof that a small town kid can make it big and anything is possible. After session, the LaVille FFA members and Mr. Watts went back to the hotel to collect their luggage and make the voyage home. 

Going to National Convention is a huge deal to FFA students. You get to meet new people, build friendships, and become a better rounded person and member to the FFA. National Convention is the highlight of the year for most members, and it's an honor and privilege to be able to attend.

 

Mia Mears,

LaVille FFA Reporter