2012-11-07 / Local & State

Dickerson Performs At FFA Convention

DeAnne Dickerson DeAnne Dickerson Several McConnellsburg FFA members spent the last week of October in Indianapolis, Ind., attending the National FFA convention along with more than 50,000 other FFA members from all over the country.

A highlight of their stay was cheering on fellow member DeAnne Dickerson as she performed as part of National FFA’s talent competition.

DeAnne was one of about 100 members from across the nation to perform throughout the week at various venues throughout the convention. During the summer, she submitted her application to perform. More than 300 applicants vied for the honor and only about 100 were chosen. After she was accepted, DeAnne submitted the lyrics for 10 songs she would sing. Throughout the week, she performed several times for convention attendees as they relaxed in the food courts or waited to attend convention sessions. The culminating experience for DeAnne though was Saturday morning when she sang in front of 12,000 attendees at the American Degree ceremony during the eighth convention session. This session was also televised nationally. “I have never sung in front of that many people before!” exclaimed DeAnne. “It was a great experience!”

When not supporting DeAnne at her performances, members toured a local sheep farm where they learned how to spin, weave and dye wool, and Victory Field home of the Indianapolis Indians baseball team. The visited Koteewee Park, a local park that included an active archaeological dig. There they were able to learn about the process of discovering and preserving ancient artifacts. Another favorite spot for the members was the career show and Expo where they visited with potential agricultural employers and colleges that offer degrees related to agriculture. Students were also able to try their hand at welding, or tree climbing and take part in an Army challenge obstacle course. “I had a really great time,” stated sophomore Jordan Offutt. “There were so many things to see and learn about. I am really glad were able to attend.”

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