Members of the Grove FFA Chapter attended the 90th National FFA Convention Tuesday, Oct. 24 to Friday, Oct. 27, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Students had the opportunity to interact with other FFA members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Students also attended the career fair in which colleges and agricultural businesses set up booths to visit with students about their future goals.
During convention students listened to keynote speaker Laila Ali. Laila is a former boxing champion and daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali. Students also attended a concert performed by Runaway June and Rascal Flatts.
Additionally, students had the opportunity to spend an afternoon at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Grove FFA members that attended national convention include: Mia McCool, Mikala Sergeant, Rylee Caswell, Tegan Heard, Hannah Dozier and Lauren Chaney.
Heather Caswell, Amy Heard and Shelby Bergman attended, along with advisor Garrett Bergman, as chaperones for the trip.
"As an agricultural educator, I enjoy watching students interact and visit with other members," Garrett Bergman said. "By seeing FFA members achieve their accomplishments they realize how big of an impact they can have within agriculture.
"The theme of national convention was, 'I Can, We Will.' Members learned that they have power within themselves to accomplish their goals and dreams; however if we come together as one to work toward a common goal we have the power to change the world.
"These students are the next generation of agriculturalists. Their leadership and dedication will pave the future of agriculture for generations to come."
“Going to National Convention is my favorite activity as an FFA member," said McCool."It is inspiring to visit with other members from around the country about the different opportunities they have versus what I have at home. The atmosphere at convention is energetic and exciting. I am looking forward to bringing that energy home to our FFA chapter."
The Grove High School Agricultural Education program currently has more than 100 students.