Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — The Central A&M FFA traveled to Louisville, KY to participate in the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo. The top 7 members with the most FFA activity points had the opportunity to attend this year’s convention. Lisa Parker, Rebekah Nash, Dean Adcock, Del Adcock, Shelby Sloan, Mo Hunter, and Matthew Hardeman began their trip on Wednesday, October 30th. While in Kentucky, members had the opportunity to tour the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs and the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. We had the opportunity to hear motivational speakers, such as head coach of the Louisville Basketball team, Rick Pitino, Joe Torrillo, who was the only person to be buried alive twice during 9-11, and Josh Sundquist, a paralympian, as well as many inspirational retiring addresses delivered by the National FFA Officers.
In the evenings, members had a chance to relax and have some fun! On Wednesday evening, students participated in some team bonding time while go karting and playing some intense laser tag. On Thursday evening, members had the opportunity to attend the Hypnotist Show put on by Dr. Al Snyder. Our very own Shelby Sloan was selected to go on stage and be hypnotized and was a hilarious addition to the show! Members also had a great time on Friday night at the World’s Toughest Rodeo held at Broadbent Arena.
In between sessions, members had the opportunity to attend one of the largest career shows and talk to company representatives as well college representatives. This is a great way for members to do their own networking and make connections with those who may have a hand in their future. Members were also able to do some shopping at the FFA Shopping Mall.
The final day of convention was spent at the American FFA Degree Session on Saturday morning, November 2. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed upon a member. Many hours of hard work and dedication were put into earning this degree. This year, our very own Brianna Harmon received this award and earned her golden key.