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Wisconsin FFA Ready for National Convention in Indy
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/21/2019

Members of the Wisconsin FFA Association will carry on their tradition of excellence next week as delegates, officers and award winners head to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 92nd National FFA Convention. The National FFA Organization says they are expecting over 70,000 to attend the event, as students representing the blue-and-gold will spend the week learning about agriculture, meeting new friends and getting motivated by inspirational speakers.

Among the highlights during this year's convention will be concert performances by Old Dominion and Brett Young, along with keynote addresses by Best-Selling Author Bob Goff and inspirational speaker Michelle Poler. FFA is also celebrating 50 years of women in the organization this year.

The popular career and trade show will be open throughout the week. And students will be motivated and inspired by the retiring addresses of this year's national FFA officers.

"National FFA Convention is a time when Wisconsin FFA members bring their best," says State FFA Advisor Jeff Hicken. "I love to see them celebrate their monumental achievements on the national stage, but also share in the excitement of everyone in attendance. These are the types of moments our Wisconsin FFA Foundation partners need to hear and cheer about, because they demonstrate the real-life impact of their generosity."

Wisconsin's delegation will be especially busy this year. Amelia Hayden of the Big Foot FFA in Walworth is a finalist for the American Star in Agriscience award. The immediate-past president of the Wisconsin FFA, Hayden is also a candidate running for a national officer position. Thirteen members will be competing as national finalists for Proficiency Awards. And 119 other students from the Badger State will be receiving their American FFA Degrees.

Meanwhile, many local chapters will also be recognized during the conference as Wisconsin programs will be honored as three-star chapters. They include Columbus, Denmark, Freedom, Granton, Badger, Manawa, Stanley-Boyd, Verona, Walworth, Waupaca, Waupun, and Weyauwega-Fremont. Weyauwega-Fremont was also named a finalist for the Premier Chapter for Building Communities area.

Also at the convention, adult honorary membership will be granted to Heidi Clausen, former editor with the Country Today; Kory Dahlen, state FFA band coordinator, along with long-time agriculture education instructors Roger King and Mark Strohschein.

The National FFA Convention will be held October 30 through November 2 at the Indiana Convention Center.

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