Hanna B., Logan D. and Jacob T., Gillett FFA members attended the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky October 28-31, 2015.
“Amplify” is the theme for this year’s convention and expo. “With the opportunities we are given in our lives, we must take action and share the message of agriculture with others,” said 2015-16 National FFA President Andy Paul, a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Georgia. “It’s time we all amplify our voice when it comes to the message of agriculture, and boost our impact.”
Students attended general sessions with keynote speaker Rick Rigsby during the opening sessions on Oct. 28. On Friday morning, past state FFA officer Amberley Snyder will share her message with FFA members on how she overcame adversity. They engaged with more than 450 corporations, organizations and colleges at the expo.
Jacob T., served as one of 475 delegates at convention after being selected by the Wisconsin Association of FFA in June. He served on the committee for Enhancing Leadership Development Opportunities for All Members that made recommendations for the National FFA Board of Directors.
Gillett FFA advisor, Kellie Claflin, served as a panelist for the Teach Ag workshop, one of 70 leadership workshops available for members, that encouraged FFA members to become agricultural educators.
FFA members toured industry destinations, including Miller Park to learn about turfgrass and landscaping, Corvette assembly plant and museum, Mammoth Cave National Park and Ozark Fish Hatchery to learn more about agriculture.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.