Madison FFA Experience “Just One” Amazing National FFA Convention

October 31, 2018

By Madison FFA Reporter Miranda Breid

On Tuesday, October 23, the Madison FFA Chapter loaded up the charter buses with Brookfield, Brunswick, Linn County, Macon County, Marceline, and Salisbury. We headed out for Illinois and stayed the night in Springfield. Early the next day, all of the chapters toured the Illinois State Capitol where we learned about some of the rich history in the Illinois Government and admired the beautiful architecture of the building itself. Outside the capital, we also saw the Illinois Fallen Firefighters Memorial. After our tour, we were back on the road and headed to Indianapolis.

As soon as they reached Indianapolis, the chapters attended the Opening Session of the 91st National FFA Convention. There, they listened to the inspiring speaker, Kyle Scheele. His words taught us that it take only one person to make you feel good, and only one to make you feel down. Later that night, members headed to go on our Underground Railroad Ghost Tour. There they learned about different experiences during the Underground Railroad time frame as well as how the history of the community and what had it had been versus what it is now.

The next day members worked the Courtesy Corp where they worked in the Mega Store and helped members order jackets. During our shift we were able to meeting numerous FFA members and supporters from all over the country, see how some of thee behind the scenes efforts to make things happen at convention. After our shift concluded, members got to explore the career fair, shop, and work on their scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt forced the us to step out of our comfort zone and speak to different industry leaders, and other leaders involved in the National FFA Convention. Later that night enjoyed and entertaining evening with Dr. Jim Wand at the hypnotist show.

On Friday, members got up early and headed out for the Indiana Caverns. After a long drive in rainy conditions, we were nothing short of excited about the caverns. Inside the cavern, members got to explore the cave both on foot and by boat ride for part of the tour. The cave was simply beautiful. We later got back on the road and headed for Indiana Downs. They were served lunch and got to watch 6 horse races and even got to take a picture in the winners circle after 3 of the races with the winning horse and jockey. After that, they headed back to Indianapolis and where we attended the 7th session of convention. We heard the Retiring Address of National FFA Secretary Erica Baier and motivational speaker Judson Laipply speak.

Saturday morning was a celebration as members attended the 8th Session for the American Degree Ceremony. Madison FFA members Maddison Breid and Corrie Dunkin received their American Degree that they had spent the last 5 years working toward.

It was then time to board the busses and head back for Missouri. “Just One” Convention lead us to seeing new sites, exploring new places, meeting new people and learning new things. “Just One” Convention has us pumped up and excited to see what things our chapter will accomplish over the next year.