Eleven members from the Southeastern FFA attended the 85th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana from Oct. 24 to Oct. 27, 2012. Members attended sessions featuring guest speakers Scott Hamilton (Olympic gold medalist in figure skating), Walter Bond (former NBA player and current top-5 ranked motivational speaker) and a retiring address by national FFA southern region vice-president Cain Thurmond.
Awards for the honorary American FFA Degree, national chapter award and models of innovation were among many honors and presentations given on the main stage of the convention. The members also gathered information and participated in the national FFA career show, which featured over 2,400 exhibitors, colleges and universities.
Members also attended a concert featuring Brantley Gilbert and The Band Perry, a hypnotist session with Dr. Jim Wand and the Three Hills World’s Toughest rodeo, held at the Pepsi Coliseum. The rodeo event was the last and final event at the Pepsi Coliseum before it will be completely renovated and opened in time for the 2014 Indiana State Fair.
Members also attended a workshop featuring Southeastern’s Scott Hannah and former FFA officer Tyler Gregory called “No Bull Your Way to L.A.” Scott and Tyler discussed their experiences and success in their No Bull challenge and provided pointers, tips and examples to FFA members interested in participating in this year’s No Bull challenge.
The members who attended the convention gained valuable experience in leadership and communication, time management and goal setting. Members took several opportunities to network and meet with FFA students from all over the nation and share ideas and experiences.
Members who represented Southeastern FFA at the convention were; Jillian Edwards, Haley Conway, Mitchel Shawhan, Ethan Waymire, Cory Knox, Kyle James, Austin Spears, Nick Shuler, Miranda Bobst, Stephanie Whetstone, and Adam Shawhan. The group would also like to recognize and thank our driver, Donna Wertz and chaperone, Jennifer Conway.