Southern Local FFA attends National Convention

Southern Local FFA attends National Convention

SALINEVILLE — The Southern Local FFA Chapter attended the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo, held Oct. 19-22, in Indianapolis, Ind.

Sixteen members from Southern visited the career show and had the opportunity to hear keynote speakers. Students also visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton. FFA members attending the convention included Laughlin Cole, Cierra Homic, Cole Birkhimer, Andrew Wilson, Lucas Johnston, Quest Baker, Ashley Zigler, Brooke Echols, Emily McDonald, Laci Growe, Luke Frischkorn, Jerred Gfeller, Joseph Wilson, Morgan Smith, Katie Ketchum and Natalie May.

In addition, the National FFA organization honors members each year who “show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.”

The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence, and Southern’s Cierra Homic and Laughlin Cole were  awarded the American FFA Degree at the convention. The award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000  through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each recipient received a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage. Homic and Cole are six-year members of the Southern Local FFA Chapter and have served as chapter officers, members of the parliamentary procedure team, livestock judging team and also participated in  numerous FFA events throughout the their career.