The Urbana FFA took a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the National FFA Convention Oct. 19-22. The National FFA Organization formerly was known as Future Farmers of America, but changed its name to adopt its diversity in membership. It is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. This year the Urbana FFA traveled in the school van. Students were wowed by motivational speakers and the massive career show. The first evening members watched the opening session of the convention. The national officers introduced themselves to the thousands of FFA members in their seats. The opening session is a motivational speaker and they talk about leadership and opportunities they have taken, and that have helped them get to where they are now. On Thursday members went to the HEISMAN Factor System workshop. Johnny Rodger’s message to the FFA Members was to work for their dreams no matter what obstacles are in their way. We learned that dreams take hard work and dedication to achieve. We then had a nice lunch break after attending the career show. At the career show there were many agribusinesses, learning demonstrations, agriscience fair and colleges to visit with. Members were allowed to take time and walk around the Career Show, they could take this time to make new friends and join old ones. After our break we attended the Make Me A SuperHero workshop. For dinner members enjoyed fellowship at the hotel while preparing to attend the Buckeye Bash, which is a social put on by the Ohio FFA organization for Ohio members only. Members enjoyed dressing up in the buckeye gear as well as just normal clothes. On Friday members went on a tour at Fair Oaks Farm. Where they learned how their dairy farm and hog farm is operated. Fair Oaks is trying to educate people on modern farming practices and how they ensure that their animals health and safety is not at risk. Friday evening members visited the Indy Scream park to have some entertaining down time and screams at the haunted park. Saturday marked the final day of convention and the awarding of the American FFA Degree; the highest honor bestowed on a member. Elizabeth Brown, an Urbana FFA Chapter member and 2014 graduate, received her American Degree. The 2016 National Convention trip was a great success! This trip was a great opportunity to meet new people, build leadership skills, discover career opportunities and make new friends. Thank you to our great advisor, Mrs. Zachrich, who made the trip a success and a good time.
Urbana FFA Chapter Reporter