This year, agriculture teacher David Holliday took most of the FFA officers to Indianapolis, Ind., to attend the national convention.
The officers that went, includes seniors Lauren Conrow, Clayton Frakes, Anna Jilka, Lauren Overkamp, Annette Trieb and Sam Wilcox and junior Kasey Minihan; sophomore officer Wyatt Fouts and others did not get to attend because of transportation issues.
Frakes said, “After going to this, I realized I want to be an agriculture teacher.”
Chaperoning the group was the FFA sponsor, Holliday, who has been to 19 conventions as a teacher and one convention as a student.
“Every year, I’m still excited to go and see the new speakers and new things they have to offer,” Holliday said.
Conrow, Frakes and Overkamp all said they enjoyed the trip and the speakers at the convention and would go again if they had the opportunity.
Overkamp said she learned that “everyone has a purpose in life; you just have to figure out where.”
Besides listening to the speakers and learning about FFA, the group also went to a rodeo and the Mark Twain Cave in Missouri while on the trip to bond as a group.
One of the things students would like to change is that they would like to be able to bring more FFA members on this trip.
They did not specifically raise money for this event, but instead, the FFA organization earned and saved money to pay for the students to go. However, the students did have to pay for food and any activities that they participated in.
Conrow said she learned to “surround yourself with good things, and good things will happen.”
Story by Blair Campbell, Staff Member
Photo courtesy of David Holliday