National FFA Convention
On October 19-21, 8 of our FFA members had the incredible opportunity to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, along with members from West Lyon, Rock Valley, and Le Mars for National FFA Convention and Expo. First on our agenda was to travel to the Indianapolis Speedway, the home of the Indy 500. This was a really cool experience to travel a lap on the famous track. The next tour was to the NCAA Hall of Champions. They sent us on a scavenger hunt, partially interactive and partially learning new things about the NCAA and their sports. Then we checked into our hotel and got ready for the first general session of the convention which was held the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Downtown Indianapolis. During this session we heard from keynote speaker Diana Nyad. She is a record holding long distance swimmer. Known for her swim from Cuba to Florida, she taught us that it is never too late to accomplish a goal of yours. After the general session was finished we went back to our hotel to get ready for one of the favorite parts of the week, the Chris Young and Cole Swindell Concert at Lucas Oil Stadium sponsored by Culvers. That was a great time to get to meet people and enjoy. The next day we started out early at the FFA shopping mall and career expo. This was when we had time to meet new people and find out all about ag career opportunities and pick up some sweet FFA merchandise! Then that afternoon we were very early to the 2nd General Session for one of the coolest opportunities to get floor seats to that session which was awesome! Then we went to our group supper at the Old Spaghetti Factory. We then made our way back to The Fieldhouse for the 3rd General Session of Convention. The Next Day we went to the 4th General Session of Convention, in which Abrah Meyer, who is an Iowan and the National FFA Central Region Vice President, gave her retiring address and made all Iowans in attendance super proud! Also during that session we heard from our other Keynote, Jason Brown, he was a NFL player turn farmer who is making a difference in his community. He told us to follow our gut and do what we feel is right and to never waste time. Overall, this trip was very educational and a ton of fun. There were many friendships made and memories to last a lifetime!