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Emmetsburg FFA Members Attend National FFA Leadership Confernce

By Staff | Nov 9, 2017

CONVENTION?BOUND - These 15 members of the Emmetsburg FFA?Chapter recently attended the 2017 National FFA?Leadership Conference in Indianopolis, IN. Those students included Becca Farris, Laney Joyce, Jenna Joyce, Cassidie O’Rourke, Jillian Joyce, Breighton Egland, Betty Sue Strohman, Shane Moffitt, Thomas Woodford, Joe Chapman, Koll Joyce, Hunter McAliister, Dalton Bunda, Wade Travis and Austin Bergstrom. Mr. Steve Pfaffle is the Chapter Advisor. -- Dan Voigt photo

A?group of 15 members of the Emmetsburg High School FFA Chapter, along with Chapter advisor Steve Pfaffle and several chaperones recently attended the 90th Annual National FFA?Leadership Conference. The National gathering was held in Indianapolis, IN., Oct. 24 through Oct. 28.

Over 64,000 FFA?members from all 50 United States as well as U.S. Territories attended the National Conference. While at the convention the local members listened to several speakers, including Laila Ali, the daughter of boxing great Muhammed Ali, Mick Ebeling, recipient of the Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award, Jon Petz, a speaker, magician and author and Hypnotism by Dr. Wand. Additionally, convention attendees were able to view a performance of the Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo and enjoy a concert by country music stars Rascall Flatts.

The convention also featured award programs for FFA?members earning outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)?awards, as well as ceremonies awarding American Farmer degrees to members, along with the induction of the 2017-2018 National Officer Team.

Another attraction of the National Convention was the National FFA Expo, a huge congregation of colleges and various agricultural industries.

On the way to Indianapolis, the Emmetsburg contingent visited the John Deere Cab Works plant in Waterloo where they toured and witnessed the assembly line in operation. The group also visited the Exotic Cat Rescue in Indianapolis. This is an organization that takes in Exotic Cats: Lions, tigers and Bobcats that were abused or the owners could no longer care for them. Animals from across the United States are housed at the facility, which currently houses over 200 cats.

“This trip was a great opportunity for our members to see the importance of the FFA and ways that they can get involved in at the Local, State and National FFA events,” noted Pfaffle.