Written by: Bret Spurgin
On October 29th through November 1st, 12 members of the Charles City FFA Chapter took part of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Charles City traveled to the convention with the FFA Chapters from Nashua, Riceville, Rockford, and St. Ansgar. Every year, over 70,000 FFA Members, Advisors, and guest travel to Indiana to take part in the largest Youth Leadership Event in the Nation.
While at the convention students attended sessions, took part in leadership workshops, went on tours of Agricultural business, and interacted with FFA Members from around the country. On Tuesday Oct. 29 the members stopped at toured at the Wildlife Prairie Refuge in Hanna, IL, which is a wildlife rehabilitation center. The next day, they traveled to Louisville, KY and visited the Louisville Slugger Museum and Bat Factory to learn about Agroforestry and how trees are selected and made in to baseball bats for both professional baseball and retail sales. Charles City Students then took a tour of Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is run. These tours gave students a look at different sides of Agriculture, which they don’t get to see in North Iowa.
Besides the educational tours, the Charles City FFA took part in many different leadership activities. At the convention they attended general sessions where they heard many different motivational speakers, including the National FFA Officers and Bob Goff, the New York Times bestselling author of Love Does and Everybody Always, present the Keynote Address of the Convention. Most of the students say that their favorite speeches of the convention where given by the National FFA President Luke O’Leary and the Southern Region Vice President Jordan Stowe. Other leadership opportunities the members took part in were leadership workshops and the FFA Blue Room, which was sponsored by Microsoft and emphasises emerging technologies in Agriculture.
The members that attended the convention were seniors Max Deeter, Bronson Forsyth, Lynn Hoeft, and Anna Krumweide; juniors Gillian Anderson, Cael Ruzicka, and Drew Staudt; sophomore Landon Luft; and freshman Zach Chambers, Lily Luft, Ethan Peterson, and Natalie White.