Nineteen Nevada High School FFA members and Kevin Cooper, FFA advisor, attended the 90th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 25 through the 27th. The convention set a new attendance record of 67,006 FFA members, parents and guests.
Nevada students reported to the high school at 3 a.m. on Wednesday and boarded a Wind Star charter bus, which also transported four other high school FFA chapters including Carroll area, Glidden-Ralston, Colo-NESCO and Collins-Maxwell. A stop for lunch in Champaign around 11:30 a.m., and the group finally arrived in Indianapolis around 2 p.m. The Wednesday evening opening session took place in Bankers Life Fieldhouse; Inspirational speaker Alia Ali explained her relationship with her father, the late Muhammed Ali, and her own career in the boxing ring.
On Thursday morning, students experienced the National Ag Career show, which included ag-related corporations, suppliers and all land grant colleges. Also on Thursday, Cooper presented a workshop at the convention for both students and teachers, “Restoring and rebuilding tractors for profit.” Students and teachers were in attendance to learn about this process. Cooper emphasized attention to details, networking and the willingness to dedicate time to the projects.
A stop at the NCAA headquarters offered a great photo opportunity with the bronze statuary of early collegiate football players. Thursday included the students attending a workshop on how to manage time to improve their efficiency and avoid procrastination.
On Friday morning, students toured the Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. Students attended several of the main convention sessions, heard retiring national officer speeches and were able to see the national proficiency winners.