Selected students from the Alexander FFA Chapter traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 94th National Convention. This convention takes place every year, where thousands of chapter members gather at Lucas Oil Stadium to hear the FFA national team as well as other FFA contributors and guests. Last year, the convention was followed virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions, although attendants from Alexander and other FFA members all met in person in Indianapolis for this year’s convention.
Each year, thousands of FFA members interested in agriculture and leadership come together for this event. During the General Convention sessions, participants heard from their national team of officers as well as guest speakers and contributors. While at the convention center, participants were able to attend student workshops and various career and secondary education demonstrations. The purpose of events at the National Convention is to develop the next generation of leaders. Alexander’s assistants have heard from many, but two highlights are David Lopez with his “Someone to Somebody” retirement speech, as well as guest speaker Courtenay Dehoff who is well known as “Fancy Lady Cowgirl”.
When there was no general session for the National Convention, Alexander FFA attended other events on his trip. On October 28, the Chapter traveled to Fair Oak Dairy Farms to tour the dairy barns and learn about the dairy industry process. The attendants were treated to a demonstration of the automated milking system used during the tour. In another part of the Fair Oak tour, attendants walked through pigsties – including the gestation barn – and The Pig Adventure in which students learned all about pig production.
Not only did this trip impact the attendants by giving them better leadership skills, it was also an opportunity to meet other FFA members from across the country. On Saturday October 30, 2021, two members of Alexander FFA – Jacob Jordan and Jaden Jordan. – received their American FFA diploma. The American FFA Diploma is the highest degree that FFA members can achieve. Some of his qualifications earn over $ 10,000 from their EAS and invest $ 7,500. Members are also expected to complete over 50 hours of community service and maintain a “C” average throughout their high school career.
Olivia Dorst is the 2021-2022 Alexander High School FFA reporter.