2013-11-21 / Local & State

FFA Members Attend 2013 National Convention


Pictured above, left: Sara Wenschhof, DeAnne Dickerson, Cody Trail, Kassandra Stermer, Grace Youngblood and Roy Gable. Pictured above, left: Sara Wenschhof, DeAnne Dickerson, Cody Trail, Kassandra Stermer, Grace Youngblood and Roy Gable. During the week of October 29 through November 1 several McConnellsburg FFA members attended FFA’s National Convention in Louisville, Ky.

DeAnne Dickerson competed in the national talent competition, singing “Famous In A Small Town,” “Hallelujah,” “I Hope You Dance,” and “To Make You Feel My Love.”

Meanwhile, other members Sara Wenschhof, Grace Youngblood, Cody Trail, DeAnne Dickerson, Kassie Stermer, and Roy Gable joined in this funfilled adventure and learning experience. While there, they visited Schimpff’s Confectionery and watched how people made candy back in the day. According to the FFA students who attended, it was really interesting.

They also attended convention sessions. “We all had so much fun, and enjoyed hearing the national officers speak,” said Sara Wenschhof. They listened to keynote speaker Rick Pitino, head coach of the University of Louisville basketball team. He spoke about the overuse of technology today. One of the very first things he told them before he started to speak was to turn their phones off and put them away. “His speech was very inspiring to all of us,” said Roy Gable. They also watched Dan Dunn, a speed painter. According to Mrs. Meyer, everyone watched in awe as Dan painted a picture of an eagle on a spinning canvas.

They visited Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held, and Kentucky Horse Park in nearby Lexington. While at these stops, they visited many of the workshops set up in the barns and learned about the history of Churchill Downs, the anatomy of a horse and the horse known as Man of War, who had a stride of 28 feet!

They visited the FFA career show and expo several days where they learned about the many colleges across the United States that have agriculture related courses. They visited many potential employer exhibits, including Tractor Supply Co., John Deere, New Holland Agriculture and U.S Army. They tried to see the whole expo, but it was tough because there were a total of 455 exhibitors attending!

Even after their busy days they managed to find some time in the evenings for fun. They dressed up for Halloween, attended the National FFA dance and played laser tag one evening. All in all, it was a busy fun-filled week.

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