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FFA National Convention

By: Ashley Steele, 11

FFA National Convention was held October 24-27, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indiana Convention Center (ICC).  About 55,000 FFA members attended this convention and twelve of them were from Community R-VI. The president of the chapter, Julie Hale (11), attended as well as the following: Katy Carline (11), Kaleb Harris (11), Trever Hoyt (10), Courtney Bertels (9), Conner Brooks (10), Lane Thebeau (10), Clay Thebeau (10), and Brandon Arens (10).  The members had the opportunity to learn about agricultural careers, volunteering in the community, and to compete for scholarships.

At the National Convention, the members can compete for awards like American Degree, CDE, Proficiency, National FFA Chapter Award, and STARS. An American Degree is given to FFA members who have accomplished the highest level of commitment to the FFA Organization and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE). A CDE, or Career Development Event, helps members create the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in the competitive job market. The Proficiency Award honors the FFA members who have developed skills that they can apply towards future careers. The National FFA Chapter Award recognizes the chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities. Hale and Brooks both received this award. The STARS Award recognizes the best among many American FFA degree recipients.

In this convention, the students got to attend different sessions, listen to keynote speakers, and go to concerts, rodeos, an FFA dance, and visit area attractions. The sessions were based on different skills, such as strong leadership, to the members of the FFA community. Kaleb Harris (11) said, “I enjoyed the sessions because it helped me develop better as a leader.” The keynote speakers this year were Scott Hamilton, Dr. Lowell Catlett, Walter Bond, and Josh Bleill.