West Carroll FFA members attend national FFA conference

Ten West Carroll FFA members, Dalton Duggan, Allison Duggan, Caitlyn Stingley, Aubrey Wurster, Paige Armstrong, Elliana Harding, Kaelia Burns, Ciara Henson, Miranda Floming and Ashlyn Foster attended the 94th National FFA Convention held October 27-30 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

On Oct. 26, the members travelled most of the day but did stop at the Illinois State University Research Farm for a guided tour of the beef and hog facilities. There was a stop in Champaign, for supper before checking into the motel for the night.

On Oct. 27, there were two tours, the Anderson Apple Orchards and Ozark Fisheries, before attending the opening convention session of the convention. Both tours were very interesting and informative.

Members then attended the opening session of the 94th National FFA Convention where they heard remarks from USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsak and National FFA Advisor, Dr James Woodard.

The keynote speaker was Courtenay Dehoff, television host-Fancy Lady Cowgirl. The major takeaway from the speech was that “The only one who has to believe in you is you.” There was a Chapter meal at the Outback Steakhouse and then a visit to Haunted Acres to celebrate Halloween.

On Oct. 28, the members used the day to attend the National Agricultural Career Expo and FFA Mega Mall in the Indiana Convention Center. For evening entertainment, it was Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

On Friday, Oct. 29, the members returned to the Indiana Convention Center in the morning with opportunities to attend student leadership sessions and to visit the National Agricultural Career Expo and FFA Mega Mall. On the way home, a tour of the world famous Indianapolis Speedway was taken by the members..

Lena-Winslow, Polo, Eastland and West Carroll all travelled together to Indianapolis on a Tri State Charter bus. There were around 55,000 FFA members in attendance at the convention this year from all 50 states and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.