Eight lucky FFA members from the Jerome, Idaho chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
The convention was held from October 30th to November 1st, but the Jerome Chapter took the time to stay there from October 27th through November 2nd. The chapter’s sole purpose for attending the National FFA Expo was to represent Idaho in the Hall of States Display. While vising the area, the members also did their fair share of site seeing.
The Idaho Hall of States display got a lot of positive feedback. The students were able to teach over 50 thousand FFA members and guests about Idaho agriculture. The booth displayed many posters of Idaho agriculture and had an educational game in the shape of the state to play.
FFA in the West tweeted “The Idaho FFA Booth at the National FFA Expo is always packed with onlookers. Take a bit to learn more about the Gem sate.”
One Idaho FFA advisor said the Hall of States Display was one of the best displays that Idaho has ever taken back.
The work put into the booth definitely paid off in the end, and Jerome was very proud to say that they were able to put it together.
The students also took advantage of leadership workshops and general sessions. Attending workshops let the members bring home ideas and insights for the chapter.
One workshop that stood out for the Jerome Chapter in particular was the Liberty and Justice for all workshop. Sonora Birnie described it by saying “Diversity includes more than just skin color. It goes down to the small details about what a person believes in. They talked about how to make others feel welcome, because the more diverse a club is the better a club will be.”
The students also learned a great deal during general sessions. The speakers were very motivating and opened the eyes of some students.
The Jerome FFA members would also like to thank everyone that sponsored and donated to them and helped make it possible to participate in such an opportunity. It took a lot of work for the students and sponsors to raise as much money as they did.
The sponsors not only helped pay for the booth and convention but also all the other things the students got a chance to experience. Church Hill Downs, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Corvette Factory were by far the favorites. For most of the students that went on this trip it was the farthest they’ve been away from home and the most they’ve seen outside of Idaho.
FFA is a national youth organization of 495,046 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,242 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.