Ten Nevada FFA members and their advisor, Kevin Cooper, attended the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The Nevada entourage departed Wednesday, Oct. 24, boarding a charter bus at 12:45 a.m. The trips took several months of preparing, registering, budgeting and getting school work done in advance in order for the students and advisor to attend. Other high school FFA chapters on the Windstar Central bus included Carroll, Glidden-Ralston, Collins-Maxwell, Pella Christian, and Twin Cedars.
After registering, the students attended the first General Session, which included an address by a National FFA officer focusing on the 2018 FFA theme, “Just One” — one moment, one encounter, one opportunity is all it takes to radically change the course of our lives. This year, our team has chosen Just One as our theme because we recognize the importance of each individual ‘Just One’ step toward growth as we work toward our vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Changing the world sounds like a daunting task at times, yet we believe FFA members can change the world every day by Just One simple action. Just One embodies the idea that our FFA experiences were powerful because we took Just One chance and stepped out of our comfort zones. We hope to encourage members to take Just One risk. Just One step. Just One moment of courage. We are capable of shaping the future of agriculture, our homes, communities and the United States of America, when we believe in the power of Just One!”
On Thursday, the students toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and museum. The tour included a “lap” on the track, where students could experience the banking and narrowing of the track, and the finish line, which contains the original bricks the track was made of. For good luck, the students kissed the bricks. Then traveling back to the convention, students attended workshops, leadership session, and were able to visit with colleges from across the U.S. A multitude of agriculture companies were also present to discuss careers that students may be interested in. Students attended the third general session on Thursday evening in the Bankers Fieldhouse and were able to see the top Supervised Ag Experience programs in the American Star awards in categories including agribusiness, agriscience, placement and production.
On Friday, students toured the Apache sprayer company and were able to see the complete assembly of an agriculture sprayer. Student found the cabs to very interesting, with the precision agriculture components. Company representatives explained how performance is monitored by an uplink between machine and company technical staff. A machine owner can get support and control adjustments from the programmers at the company. The remainder of time was at general sessions, career show and workshops. Cooper attended two teacher workshops, one on photovoltaic cells and the other on canine urinalysis. The bus left Indianapolis Friday at 4 p.m., and the Nevada students were back to the high school around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.