GHS At National FFA Convention

FFA Members that attended the National FFA Convention include: (Front, L to R) Leah Betts, Taylor Huels, Brooke Krankel, Kimberly Lavatto, Kadi File and Maddey Tebbe (Back, L to R) Grace Young, Treavor Taylor- Student Teacher, J.T. Thiems, Nathan Bost, Cole Wall, Chad Stearns, Brad Beckert, Levi Siebert, Dalton Knerrer, Skylor Snow, Bryan Brunk, Mr. Zimmerman, and Ashley Manning

Eighteen members of the Greenville FFA Chapter attended the 89th Annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

The highlight of the week was Kaeden Mollett receiving his American FFA Degree. Approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees are handed out each year at the National FFA Convention. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

Kaeden Mollett receives his American FFA Degree from National FFA President Taylor McNeel
Kaeden Mollett receives his American FFA Degree from National FFA President Taylor McNeel

Brooke Krankel, Chapter President also served as a delegate representing Illinois throughout the week.

The week was filled with activities including the FFA Career Show, Shopping Mall, Competitions, tours, and convention meetings. Diana Nyad, Author and Long Distance Swimmer, was the opening Keynote Speaker. She spoke about her feat of swimming from Cuba to the Florida Keys. Members also heard from Jason Brown, Former Ram’s Center and now Farmer and Motivational Speaker and Colin Ryan, Comedic Financial Motivational Speaker. National FFA Officers delivered their retiring addresses.

The members also participated in activities including a Cole Swindell and Chris Young Concert and the World’s Toughest Rodeo bull riding competition.

The career show was packed full of fun activities to help learn about the many different careers in agriculture. The career show had everything from rock climbing, bow hunting to game shows. This event also featured many new and advanced tools used in agriculture today.

Not only was the week full of events at the convention center but also tours of many different businesses. The tours included GSI Service Center in Newton, IL. Others tours around Indianapolis were the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hunter’s Honey Farm, Kelsay’s Dairy Farm, Trader’s Point Creamery and Tuttle’s Orchard.

FFA members attended the convention from as far away as Alaska, Puerto Rico, Maine, and Hawaii.

SOURCEPhotos courtesy of Greenville FFA
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