By: Zoe Ertel
October 21st-27th, 2018, 11 Cambridge FFA members had the opportunity to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. On Sunday, October 21st, the group landed in Nashville and then toured the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
Monday was an even busier day. In the morning the members, advisors, and chaperones all went Ziplining at the Barbara Mandrell Estate. Following that, the group toured the Belle Meade Plantation. To finish the day everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and wonderful show on the General Jackson Showboat.
On Tuesday, everyone traveled to Indianapolis for the convention and on the way got the chance to tour the world’s longest cave, Mammoth Caves in Kentucky.
Wednesday was when the competitions started. The Food Science Team, including Annalise DeVries, Zoe Ertel, Grace Ertel, and Nathan Kindall, as well as the Environment and Natural Resource team, which included, Teddy Ertel, Mackenzie Waller, Grayson Brown, and Jayden Mink, completed their first day of competition. The three members that came to bring useful leadership skills back to the chapter, including Lauren Devries, Morgan Wood, and Rylee Russell, attended a New Horizons Magazine workshop and learned about way to increase publicity for our chapter and the FFA all around the country. Following that they went to the FFA career center and learned about job possibilities in agriculture.
Thursday morning the leadership group attended the opening session, which featured keynote speaker Kyle Scheele. Thursday was also the second day of competition for the two qualifying teams. After completing the Food Science team was able to look around the career center and learn about job opportunities in agriculture. After both teams were finished with competition the group attended a session. This session recognized the top Supervised Agricultural Experience programs in the nation. After the session, the group went to The Great Escape room where they had to use teamwork to find clues to get out without getting caught.
Friday was results day! At noon was the Food Science Luncheon where the team found out what their hard work had accomplished. The Cambridge FFA Food Science placed 3rd in the Nation with Grace Ertel, Zoe Ertel, and Annalise DeVries placing gold individually, and Nathan Kindall placing silver. Later that day was the ENR dinner; the team earned a silver team award with Mackenzie Waller placing gold individually, Graysan Brown and Jayden Mink placing silver, and Teddy Ertel placing bronze. Both teams were very grateful to get the chance to compete at the national level. After the ENR dinner, everyone attended a final session. Judson Laipply spoke and we also got to hear Erica Baier’s, the National FFA secretary, retiring speech. This session was very inspiring to the whole group.
Saturday the group left early in the morning to come back home. Cambridge FFA wishes to express a sincere thanks to our alumni and community who supports us throughout the year.