Each year there is a national FFA convention, in which FFA members from all over the country come together, so they can mingle with each other, and increase their knowledge about careers and colleges in which they are interested.
Penn Manor senior FFA members are able to go on this trip, as long as all the requirements are met.
Chris Cook, Jen Drumm, Brian Groff, Joe Herr, and Jeremy Kreider are the seniors who attended this year’s trip from Monday October 19, 2009 through Saturday October 24, 2009, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
At the opening session, the national officers spoke to all 55,000 attendees.
Drumm said, “It’s an assembly of students from all over the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”
At Lucas Oil Stadium, where it was located, everyone got to walk around, looking at the different colleges and businesses that were there, exploring their personal interests.
Cook explained, “It was like a giant mall.”
There were college stands, bull riding, off road experience, and even Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs” at the stadium.
Kreider said his favorite part of the trip was “going to the convention, seeing all the career booths.”
The group visited the Flight 93 crash site and memorial, the Corvette Assembly Plan, the Mammoth Cave Historic tour, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Manufacturing Facility, Fair Oaks Farm, and Carley Elk Farm, along with camping out at Bowling Green KOA in Louisville, Kentucky.
The competition was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, located in the Indiana Convention Center. About 50,000 people were in attendance.
“I had a blast. We had luxury dinners, like steak, every night,” Cook said.
The Penn Manor FFA students learned new things about the careers they’re interested in, along with some other interesting and useful information.
By Brittany Burke