FFA Sprouts New Ideas on Farming

All ten FFA members representing the Trumbull Chapter at the National Convention.

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Staff Writer

The week of October 24th through 28th, ten students who attend the Agriscience and Biotechnology Center had the opportunity to attend the FFA, or Future Farmers of America National Convention, in Indianapolis.

The students began traveling at 3:45 am on that Tuesday morning to Bradley International Airport with a quick layover in Chicago before they arrived in Indianapolis.

The FFA helps members develop leadership skills and builds character in its members to be successful in all their endeavors. Members strive to attain success by serving their local chapter and by developing their own leadership skills.

At this year’s convention, the theme was “I Can, We Will”. The motto demonstrates the value of leadership and encompasses all of the values that FFA members hold true to.

The theme taught them that individuals can make a difference, but together, an even stronger impact can be made, securing the future of agriculture for future generations.

Some of the students going were participating in CDE’s, or Career Development Events. In these CDE’s, students competed with other FFA members throughout the entire country.

One of the standouts at the convention was the Food Science Team. Students Abram Goda, Emma Rivellese, Erika Pettway, and Diane Zou, came in 11th out of 36th. Together they earned three gold medals and one silver.

The second CDE that one student had the opportunity to compete in was Dairy Handling. Margaret Brady, a sophomore, earned a silver medal.

Comenting on her experience, Brady said, “It was a really awesome opportunity to represent my state on a national level and meet fellow FFA members from all over the nation. I recommend that everyone who has the opportunity to attend FFA National Convention should, it is a wonderful opportunity”.

The other 5 students who attended the convention were officers of the Agriscience FFA chapter. These five students, Klaudia Poplawski, Kathryn Wilkinson, Kaitlyn Marcinko, Libby Rhodes, and Dana Jurgielewicz represented Connecticut as a whole and the Regional Trumbull FFA chapter.

All students attended Keynote speaker events who showcased the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue; the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos; and athlete Laila Ali.

The convention gave the students many wonderful opportunities to increase leadership and public speaking skills, as well as make connections with fellow FFA members from all fifty states and US territories.

This year’s convention was also significant due to the election of the first African American woman Breanna Holbert as President of the FFA, and she will lead the organization for this coming year.

The FFA National Convention was an amazing experience for the students that attended, and they were happy to be bringing the experience home to tell their fellow FFA members and classmates.

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