Area FFA members attend convention at Indianapolis

On Oct. 25, the Fort Frye FFA headed to Waterford High School to board a bus bound for the 90th annual FFA Convention, held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Along with Fort Frye, this bus held numerous other FFA students from Frontier, Marietta, and Waterford. It took seven hours to get to our destination and we passed time by doing karaoke and watching movies.

The first night we were in Indianapolis we attended a Rascal Flatts concert at Lucas Oil Stadium, following the concert we got back to our hotel around midnight and went to bed. The next morning we headed over to the Indiana Expo Center. We spent the day looking around the FFA mall and attending various leadership meetings and conferences. After a long day of learning and seeking out our surroundings we went to a show by world famous hypnotist, Dr. Jim Wand. He was really funny, making his victims do anything from acting like Shania Twain to having a cow milking contest.

After we got back to our hotel about half of us went to bed and the rest of us hung out and danced with an FFA chapter from Wisconsin in the hotel court yard.

The following day we went back to the convention center and watched the national finalists of the CDE “Parliamentary Procedure” preform mock meetings, hoping for the chance to own the title of the National Champion.

After the day wound down we went to the Cinch Rodeo and watched the cowboys ride saddle bronc, bareback, and bull riding. If you ask me Saddle Bronc is by far the most entertaining!

The next morning we did what we came to do all along; watch two of our own Fort Frye FFA alumni receive the highest honor an FFA member can earn, the American Degree. These two amazing people were John David Gazelle III and Josie White. (J.D. being the first male Fort Frye FFA student to ever to receive his American Degree and Josie being one of only 6 females to receive theirs) We also watched Katie Wagner (Waterford) and Becca Bowersock (Frontier) receive their degrees.

With seeing these four receive their big break from their previous nine years of hard work we felt like it was a good time to return to the bus and make our way back to the Mid-Ohio Valley. We returned home feeling humbled and inspired.

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