Nevada FFA attends National Convention

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Nevada FFA members that attended National FFA Convention were, front left to right, Avery Mather, Joanna Ferguson, Austin Doty, Chance Steffes, Hunter Anderson, 2nd row L to R, Catherine Griffin, Mekenzie Dunson, Emma Griffin, Jay Calentine, Sam Black, far back, Aidan Alderson, Megan Mumm, not pictured, Kevin Cooper, Nevada FFA advisor.

Thirteen Nevada High School FFA members and Kevin Cooper, FFA advisor, attended the 89th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 19-21. Nevada students reported to the high school at 5 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 Urbana around 11:30 a.m., and finally arriving in Indianapolis around 2:30 p.m. The Wednesday evening opening session took place in Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly known as Conseco Fieldhouse); inspirational speaker Diana Nyad explained how she swam from Cuba to Florida and many other swimming feats. Most notably, was Nyad’s 110-mile swim from Cuba to Hemingway Marina Florida without a shark cage.

On Thursday morning, the students were able to tour the famous Indianapolis 500 speedway and “kiss the bricks” at the finish line. After the speedway tour, the students visited the museum where race cars are on display that date from 1918 up to 2014. All students also experienced the National Ag Career show, which included ag related corporations, suppliers and all land grant colleges.

On Friday, Cooper presented a workshop at the convention for both students and teachers — the workshop was titled, “Restoring and rebuilding tractors for profit.” Over 150 students and teachers were in attendance to learn about this process. Cooper emphasized passion, performance and promotion as a key to a successful program. “Students and teachers must volunteer, network for resources and know when to have your hat in your hand with patience and courtesy.” added Cooper “And if you hesitate, procrastinate or do not have a sense of urgency, that is the behavior that will lead to lost opportunity.” added Cooper. Teachers and students attending the workshop were from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, New Mexico, Montana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Texas.