Centre FFAers attend national conference

Centre FFA students traveled to Louisville, Ky., for the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 28 through Nov. 1.

This year?s theme was ?Go All Out,? which was incorporated throughout the event and for the remainder of the school year, according to Laura Klenda, CHS FFA adviser, who traveled with the students.

During the convention, members listened to presentations by motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco Animal Health, and humorist/best-selling author Jane Herlong.

?Mitch Baker and Jackson Harris (who made retiring addresses) motivated students to think about who has helped them get where they are today, and how they can put their dreams and home community together for career success,? she said.

In addition to hearing from the speakers, students also attended the National Creed Speaking and the Par-Law finals, witnessing the caliber of Career Development Events on the national level and taking pointers to better their own skills, Klenda said.

?While en route to and in Louisville, the members embarked on educational tours to places such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Indiana Caverns and the Louis?ville Slugger factory,? she said.

Horse races at Churchill Downs, the site of the Kentucky Derby, was another highlight of the trip.

?The (convention) proved to be an exciting experience for all the members who attended,? Klenda said.

Centre FFA member Carrie Carlson received her American FFA Degree along with 3,765 other members from around the nation.

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