The Centerville FFA Chapter attended the 86th annual National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky. on Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.
The FFA Nationals is a gathering of 55,000 people in four days where FFA competitive events and programs are recognized nationally. The event brings FFA members together to learn, be inspired and celebrate their accomplishments in the organization.
The National Convention theme “Ignite” Leadership, Growth and Success was carried out and the message stated that the future of agriculture is strong. But as the population continues to grow, so does the need for a healthy and abundant food supply. We must ignite interest in the need for FFA members to actively develop their futures in food, fiber and natural resources industries. FFA members must ignite their passion for service. Giving back and serving our communities is an integral part of the FFA motto.
While in Louisville FFA members attended the informative sessions, heard keynote speakers visited FFA shopping mall and visited the career fair, attended the Dierks Bentley Concert, visited the Kentucky Derby Museum/Churchill Downs Tour, Schimpffs Candy Factory, Jefferson Dinner Cruise and attended the American Degree Reception.
Centerville Chapter member, Shaniel Smith, received a prestigious award, “The American FFA Degree,” for her efforts in demonstrating the highest level of commitment to FFA and making significant accomplishments in her Supervised Agriculture Experience.
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. In addition to this degree, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.
Chaperones were Tracy Morris, Shawn Tait and advisor Elizebeth Gaskins.