Students attend National FFA Convention
Makya Schroeder, Emma Heineman and Gabby Schilling of the Clintonville FFA attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky Oct. 27-30.
In addition to Clintonville, seven other schools districts — Denmark, Antigo, Marion, Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Tigerton and Bowler — traveled via coach bus.
The first stop was in Chicago where lunch was at the double decker McDonald’s, followed by a visit to the Shedd Aquarium where members saw fish from all over the world as well as a 4D show. Members then traveled to the Chicago Public Agriculture High school. This high school is unique in that the school specializes in pathways related to agriculture.
They have agribusiness, agricultural education, food science, animal science, plant science and mechanical science broken into pods. Growing crops, raising animals, selling produce and products created in food science, educating the community and building agriculture structures are some of their highlights.
The next day, Mammoth Cave National Park was the first stop. Members spent two hours touring caves and learning how they were formed.
Members then toured a 50 acre tobacco farm where they learned how to propagate, plant, fertilize, cultivate and harvest the crop. Tobacco farms are not very big because they are labor intensive. The highlight of the day was the Maddie and Tae and Jake Owen concert.
After a late night, members had an early morning attending the opening session of the 88th National FFA Convention. The key note speaker was Rick Rigsby inspiring everyone to pursue their dreams and make the best of every situation. Also highlighted at the session was the National President and National Advisor and the national band and choir.
Members had the opportunity to attend sessions, workshops, the career fair and shop in the FFA shopping mall. The evening was wrapped up at the Renaissance Fun Park where members played mini golf, raced go-karts and played laser tag.
The following morning members toured the Louisville Slugger Museum where they received a free mini Louisville Slugger bat.
Following that tour was the Mark Payton Glass Center tour. There was a slight glitch as fire alarms were set off, but once that was corrected, those in attendance watched how glass sculptures were made and crafted.
The remainder of the day was spent at the exposition center where the sixth general session highlighted proficiency award winners from across the United States, including some from Wisconsin.