• Caryl Lyn Akers, FFA Reporter

FFA members attend convention

THIRTEEN Woodford County FFA members attended the National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 18 in Indianapolis, Ind. Front row, from left, are Acacia Johnson, Jensen McMurry, Caryl Lyn Akers, Kennedy Eden, Gracie Metzger, and Kyler Shifflet; back row, Quinton Hilton, Emma Cress, Hannah Smith, Savannah Richardson, Laryn Hamilton, Destiny Morris, and Christina Dean. (Photo submitted)

On Oct. 18, the Woodford County FFA took 13 students to Indianapolis, Ind., for the National FFA Convention and Expo. Accompanied by Western Hills FFA, they did several industry tours on the trip up to Indianapolis, including visiting a vet clinic in Shelby County, Huber's Orchard and restaurant, Not Just Popcorn popcorn factory, and Kelsay Dairy Farm. During this educational field trip, students spent nearly an hour with a Shelby County veterinarian, who answered any questions they had and explained what it was like to pursue a career as a veterinarian. The students then enjoyed a home-style meal at Huber's Orchard, where they dined on classic comfort foods such as chicken and dumplings and peach cobbler. Members then visited Not Just Popcorn in Edinburgh, Ind. The popcorn factory is known for over 400 different flavors of popcorn, of which the students were given the chance to sample a few. The day of industry tours ended at Kelsay Dairy, where students got the opportunity to observe the true inner workings of how dairy products are produced. Once in Indianapolis, Woodford County FFA attended the college and career show, where more than 50 universities and businesses offered information about themselves to FFA members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Students also attended National FFA sessions held by the 2016-2017 National Officer team, where Olympic and oceanic swimmer Diana Nyad gave a keynote speech on determination and believing in oneself at opening session. On Thursday, Oct. 20, the chapter participated in National Day of Service, where at Gleaner's Food Bank the kids aided in boxing more than 1,000 backpack meals for underprivileged children in Indiana. During the convention, the students learned about nationwide agricultural pursuits, valuable leadership skills, and a sharpened sense of direction for the chapter.

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