Led by agriculture teacher David Holliday, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers went to Louisville, Ky., for the national FFA convention to learn more about the organization and to bond as a leadership team.
On Oct. 29, the officers, who are seniors Tyler Ahring and Kasey Minihan, juniors Cassandra Ebert and Wyatt Fouts and sophomores Isaac Brunkow, Jackson Fike and Macie Frakes, left for the national convention in Kentucky and returned on Nov. 1. Frakes’s mother, Rebecca Frakes, also went to be the group’s female sponsor.
“The purpose of national convention was to allow the officer team to see the national scope and was mainly an opportunity for the team to bond,” Holliday said.
At the convention, there were people from all over the world, and it gave the students a chance to learn how different agriculture is where others are from.
“It was for us to expand our knowledge about FFA and develop leadership skills,” Macie Frakes said.
During the convention, the team listened to many different speakers, heard addresses from retiring FFA officers and went to a career fair. Outside of the convention, they visited local attractions, such as Churchill Downs, where they watched a live horse race. They also rode the famous “Spirit of Jefferson” riverboat down the Mississippi River. Overall, those who went said they enjoyed the experience and learned a lot.
“The main thing I took from the convention was to do little things in a brave way,” Brunkow said.
Article by Justin Reiss, Staff Member
Photo courtesy of FFA sponsor David Holliday