Thanks to financial support from local businesses, 13 officers and members from the Clinton FFA Chapter were able to attend the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ken. recently.
At the convention, FFA members attended general sessions where they learned how FFA can positively affect today’s agriculture industry and had the opportunity to hear world renowned motivational keynote speakers. In addition to general sessions members attended one of the largest agriculture, youth oriented career/industry expositions in the world. Throughout the convention students were exposed to leadership building opportunities, gained knowledge about possible future careers, and had the opportunity to meet and network with agriculture professionals and other FFA members from across the nation. This year’s convention had a record attendance of over 65,000 registered participants from across the nation.
En route to the convention, Clinton FFA members enjoyed educational tours of Monticello (home of President Thomas Jefferson), Montpellier (home of President James Madison) and Ash-Lawn Highland (home of President James Monroe). Students also toured the University of Virginia and a coal mine in West Virginia.
To help offset the costs of this year’s convention trip, students were able to raise money through an FFA sponsorship program. The program allowed Clinton FFA members the opportunity to reach out to local businesses and other supporters of agriculture within the community and ask for financial support based on a gold, silver and bronze recognition tier.
According to Clinton FFA advisors Erin Brewer and Ronnie Warren “the sponsorship program was a great success and because of the generous donations and cooperation of our local businesses and supporters of agriculture, these students were able to take advantage of a great leadership opportunity.
“We hope these can students will take what they have learned and give back to our community in a positive way. We sincerely thank all of our supporters who helped make the trip possible for these students,” they said.