The 92nd National FFA Convention is the largest event hosted by the National FFA. 32 members of the Miami East-MVCTC and Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA chapters were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis. Those members included from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Elizabeth Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Sydney Brittain, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Savannah Holzen, Katelynn Dill, Keira Kirby, Evan Massie, Jillian Niswonger, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, Sumsaar Thapa, Alivia Wade, Dustin Winner, and Lauren Wright. From Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA were Emily Hornberger, Malia Johns, Jackson Kimmel, Tyler Kress, Webb Kress, Tyler Leffew, Erica Pratt, Cammy Shook, Carter Tinnerman, Justin Thomas, Kelsie Tomlinson, Darby Welbaum. Also joining the members during the trip was the Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its members.
Almost 70,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.
Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2019-20 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker Bob Goff. Attendees enjoyed attending the Old Dominion concert, World’s Toughest Rodeo, Buckeye Bash Dance, and attending the FFA Shopping Mall and Career Show. Additional tours were of Wilhoite Family Grain Farm, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lincoln College of Technology.
The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter 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 growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture.
Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member Kylie Blair was named a National Proficiency Finalist in the area of Agricultural Sales-Placement. Her. She was interviewed and recognized on stage with a plaque and cash prize.
Milton-Union School graduate Abigail Hissong and Miami East Schools graduates Carly Gump, Dylan Hahn, and Alex Isbrandt received the 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 and a certificate to commemorate the achievement.
Thank you to Mrs. Laurie Grube and Mr. Cody Myers for chaperoning the trip. Additional appreciation goes to the administration at Miami East Local Schools, Milton-Union Schools, Arcanum Schools, and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.