FFA Attends 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis
The Swansea High School FFA Chapter recently returned from the 92nd National FFA Convention, which took place October 28-November 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Almost 70,000 members attended.
The National FFA Organization is the largest youth organization in the world with over 700,000 members nationwide and 8, 612 local FFA chapters in all 50 states including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The National FFA Convention and Expo is one of the largest student conventions in the world with a mission to develop, educate, and inspire. Swansea FFA officers participated in student leadership workshops and local farm tours, which provided an opportunity to see the Agribusiness side of the industry. They went to general sessions where they heard inspiring messages from guest speakers and national officers and visited expo booths of industry leaders and colleges from across the nation. They attended a concert and rodeo, and visited some tourist attractions. The students were not prepared for the chilly temperatures that Indiana greeted them with but were pleasantly surprised with the snow shower they witnessed Thursday afternoon while touring the city!
Students met members from across the nation to share ideas, stories, and chapter traditions with one another in hopes of taking home memories, new ideas, and new friendships. “Nationals was a very eye-opening experience to me because I was able to see how large and vast the organization is in comparison to our local chapters. I didn’t expect to go into the expo and get to see somebody from every single state, but I did so and I was able to visually see just how large this great organization is,” said Lauren Knight, SHS FFA Vice President. “10 students, 2 teachers, 12 hours, 650 miles, and one blue corduroy jacket made for an amazing experience!”