Concordia FFA travels to Indianapolis for the 91st National FFA Convention
This year’s Concordia FFA National Convention students had a blast in Indianapolis, Ind., during the 91st National FFA Convention held Oct. 24-27. Minus the boring bus ride, achy backs, and rainy days — and let’s not forget the freezing wind — the students were able to bond with each other as well as other chapters. Concordia FFA members who attended the 91th National Convention were freshmen Mackenzie Gatman and William Rehkop, sophomores Colton Stein, Nathanial Freund and Ian Isdell, and seniors Alexis Borgstadt, Gabi Goolsby, and Hannah Stone. This year they were able to visit many interesting places. The FFA members started the week off at the opening session where Kyle Scheele was the guest speaker. He not only was hilarious but really connected with the crowd. Afterward, we were able to go see Garth Brooks in concert! It was a mind-blowing experience — one that will not be easily forgotten.
The second day on this adventure we went on two educational farm tours. The first tour was to Kelsay Farms. We were able to see how milk was produced, as well as how the family uses their farm to educate the public. Then our second tour was to Tuttle Orchard. We saw the process it takes to clean apples and sell them to places around the world. Tuttle Orchard is known for having the world prize-winning apple cider. During the tour, we were able to taste 12 different types of apples as well as sample the cider. After the tours we went to the rodeo. This year they had a man who literally jumped over the bulls! It was a mind-blowing experience.
On the third day, we watched the national FFA talent show, as well as walked around the career fair and spoke with many agricultural industry leaders and many colleges. We could also spend some time in the FFA mall. Concordia FFA members also participated in the pencil challenge. The pencil challenge is a friendly competition in our chapter to see which member can collect the most pencils. This year’s winner was William Rehkop. After the career show, we attended the sixth session where one of our very own was recognized. Austin Freund went on stage and was recognized as being a National Finalist with his Dairy Production Supervised Agriculture Experience.
On Saturday morning we attended the American Degree ceremony. Sabrina Limback, from Concordia FFA, was honored with this high degree. The bus ride home was just as uncomfortable as the ride there. The only difference was students’ bags were overstuffed with goodies, their tummies full of candy, and their phones filled with the numbers of their new friends!