The Union FFA Chapter recently went to Indianapolis, Ind. A total of 32 Union students and three advisers experienced the 90th annual National FFA Convention.
In all, more than 68,000 national FFA members and guests were in attendance this year.
Dixie Choppers was the first stop Wednesday. Students toured the plant, then also got to view some finished products in the showroom. After this, we went to the track where the Indianapolis 500 takes place and students got a chance to “kiss the bricks” of the original track and view the museum.
We also went to the first session in Bankers Light Field House and during that session heard guest speaker Laila Ali.
Later that night we checked into the hotel.
Thursday, students participated in Courtesy Corps to get points which are directed toward our State Degree.
When we finished our duty in Courtesy Corps, we were able to tour the FFA Mega Store and the career show.
The career show contained more than 400 booths with presentations, prizes and free stuff for the students. The career show allowed students to view a wide variety of agricultural businesses, educational facilities and organizations available throughout the country.
Presenters included the major automobile manufacturers, the armed forces, universities, conservation groups, commodity groups and many more.
We also went to session two in Bankers Light Field House. After the session we went to dinner, then next was Hypnosis, where one member, Justin Nowak, was one of the few selected to participate.
Friday, we participated in session four in and during that session we heard guest speaker Mick Ebeling to finish our trip at National FFA Convention.
Following session four we had another chance to visit the career show, then Union FFA began the trip back home.
The main reason for attending national convention is the sessions and the emotional charge you receive from being in a room with 50,000 motivated FFA members.
When the motivational speakers begin to talk or the session begins to get underway students begin to get energized and you realize that these students are part of something that is making a difference in their lives.
The FFA is a national organization that works to promote premier leadership, personal development and career success in the lives of its members, and the National Convention is one way for this to be accomplished.
Article and photo submitted by Tori Holland, Union FFA reporter.