National FFA Convention 2018: Just One

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
Science and Tech Editor

This year’s annual National FFA Convention and Expo was held in Indianapolis, Indiana from October 24th through the 27th. Trumbull Agriscience sent eight students on this once in a lifetime trip to represent Connecticut and the Trumbull FFA chapter. These students included sophomore John Novak, juniors Margaret Brady, Kathryn Wilkinson and Thomas Acri, and seniors Cade Toth, Klaudia Poplawski, Dana Jurgielewicz, and Kaitlyn Marcinko.

This years theme was titled Just One, focusing on the actions that one student can make to leave a long lasting impact on others and also their community. Over 69,000 FFA members were inspired by the words of keynote speakers like the National FFA 2017-2018 President, Breanna Holbert, and also motivational speaker and comedian Kyle Scheele. This year was also incredibly noteworthy because of  president Donald Trump’s address at the final session of this year’s convention. Donald Trump is among the few presidents that have spoken at the convention in person, including Harry S. Truman, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter in past years.

At the convention, students had the opportunity to attend workshops  in order to build skills such as leadership, interpersonal skills, and communication. They could  talk with past national FFA officers and alumni and FFA members from every US state and territory. The convention also boasted a huge exposition full of  vendors. FFA members could talk with numerous colleges and also individuals working in every different field of agriculture.

Chapter Reporter Kaitlyn Marcinko remarked, “Nationals is definitely an experience like no other. I got to meet people from all fifty states and other parts of the world, which was amazing and really left an impact on me. I enjoyed becoming friends with teens that had the same interests as me. During the day I attended workshops that taught me valuable lessons, like how to be a better leader. Nationals is an experience I will never forget.”

In addition to representing Trumbull, Agriscience is happy to announce that two students, Klaudia Poplawski and Margaret Brady competed in CDEs on the national level. Senior Klaudia Poplawski competed in Prepared Public Speaking and brilliantly delivered her speech on CRISPR, a topic in the field on biotechnology. She earned a bronze medal.  Junior Margaret Brady competed in Dairy Handling and came in second in the nation, earning a gold medal. Trumbull Agriscience students and staff members are very proud of Klaudia and Margaret’s achievements!

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