Zane Trace FFA Members attend National Convention in Indy

By Stephanie Glass, ZT FFA Reporter

“I believe in the future of Agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds.”

Any FFA Member would recognize those words as the beginning of the FFA creed. The theme of the 84th National FFA Convention was centered on the first two words of the creed: I Believe. Many of the speeches and activities during this convention encouraged students to establish and stand up for what they believe in.

To begin their convention journey, 39 members of the Zane Trace and Paint Valley FFA Chapters met at Zane Trace on Wednesday, October 19, and from there they set off to Indianapolis. They kicked off the trip by touring the career show as a group, then dining at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro where they learned to properly use chopsticks and enjoy fortune cookies. From there, the group headed over to Conseco Field House for opening session with Dave Roever, a Vietnam veteran and purple heart recipient.  Dave gave an inspiring speech about the power of believing in oneself and encouraged FFA members to work hard through the adversity they would face in life.

During the second day of the trip, several students had the opportunity to participate in FFA National Days of Service, an activity where students do hands-on community service work in farms and businesses around Indianapolis. This was a convention first for both chapters and proved to be a great experience for all involved. Members held true to the FFA motto by “Living to serve.”

The trip to Indy wasn’t all work, though. There was surely some play involved. Members enjoyed fun activities such as Buckeye Bash (a dance for Ohio FFA members), a hypnotist show, a tour of the NCAA Hall of Fame, and a living history tour at Conner Praire.

This convention was an action-packed three days filled with lots of learning, serving, inspiration, and most of all: fun! Members look forward to future years of continuing this wonderful tradition.


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