Miami East FFA members attend National Convention

“Grow” was the theme of this year’s National FFA Convention. 41 members of the Miami East FFA were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Those members included Emily Beal, Kendra Beckman, Katrina Bendickson, Kolin Bendickson, Lindsey Brookhart, Jennifer Brown, Ashlee Bussen, Tanner Church, Trent Church, Casey Copeland, Danielle Danielson, Hannah Davis, Madeline Davis, Olivia Edgell, Rebekah Eidemiller, Haley Etherington, Daniel Everett, Colin Gump, Kayden Gustin, Amy Hahn, Caleb Johnson, Emily Johnson, Rian Kingrey, Kelsey Kirchner, Andrew Kowalak, Miranda Maggart, Haleigh Maggert, Syndey Oakes, Cody Reid, Levi Reid, Shane Richardson, Kelly Rindler, Lindsey Roeth, Allyson Supinger, Seth Tamplin, Brittany Taylor, Macaleh Thompson, Blane Wagner, Lauren Williams, Jarrett Willoughby, and Davey Wright. Thank you to Mr. Allen Mays, Mr. Eric Krites, Dr. Todd Rappold, and Mrs. Kris Johnson for chaperoning the trip.

More than 56,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky. In 2013, the Convention will again return to Louisville, Kentucky.

Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2011-2012 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker and Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton. Attendees also attended the FFA Shopping Mall and Career Show.

Olivia Edgell and Rian Kingrey

Two students competed in the National Agriscience Fair with their research projects. Rian Kingrey and Olivia Edgell competed in Division 3, Food Products and Processing Systems with their project, “How Clean Are Your Hands?” They placed third place in the nation and received a gold rating. This the highest placing team in Miami East FFA history.

Miami East FFA received a Three-Star National Chapter Award, the highest award bestowed to an FFA Chapter. The chapter was selected for this honor based on its activities during the previous school year, in the areas of student, chapter and community development.

Kyle Roeth

Past Miami East High School graduate Kyle Roeth received his American FFA Degree.  The American FFA Degree is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes members’ ability to demonstrate leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing, and service programs. Recipients received gold American FFA Degree key, wallet ID card, and a certificate to commemorate the achievement. Roeth is the son of Mark and Paula Roeth and is currently attending Ashland University majoring in Business Management.

The FFA would like to thank the Miami Valley Career Technology Center and Supervisor Kevin Bergman for their support of the trip.

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