Sutherlin FFA Attends National Convention

Sutherlin FFA made the 1,800 mile journey to the 2010 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indianna October 18 through the 24. Throughout the week, members attented various workshops and the Environmental and Natural Resources team competed in the national CDE.

Natinoal ConventionEnvironmental and Natural Resources is a Career Deveoplment Event in which members compete in various practicums and also adress global issues. The ENR team was Austin Powell, Adam Powell, Jessica Warren, and Jerry Risk. On the first day of the two day competition, competitors wrote press releases, completed a seven minute interview on bio-contamination, and did a team activity tackling the situation of a Gulf oil spill. Day two consisted of a knowledge test, identification, water quality testing, soils, environmental analysis, and GPS tracking. The team placed ninth in the nation and received gold honors. Adam Powell and Jerry Risk received silver honors and Ausitn Powell and Jessica Warren received gold honors.

Other members who atended were Lana Chamberlain, Andrew Beattie, Tiffany Rosemeyer, and Colleen O'Meara. While the others competed, these members attended various workshops. Interviewing Like a Star was a workshop where members learned all about preparing themselves for an interview. Techniques, skills, follow ups, and valuable resources are all key areas of an interview that were highlighted in the workshop. Another workshop that was attended was Gut Check, which was a reality check when it comes to money management, independance, and working. Other workshops include Organic Farming, Careers is Equine Science, Community Service, and Being Sincere.

Along with great workshops there were great keynote speakers. Josh Shipp is he host of the TV show JUMP SHIPP, author of "The Teens Guide to World Domination", named a CNN Young Person Who Rocks, and was listed on INC. Magazine's 30 Under 30 list. Josh put on an extremely funny and entertaining inspirational comedy about not being average, making positive choices, striving to be YOUR best, and a goat. Judson Laipply, also known as the the creator of The Evolution of Dance, spoke about how to get off that "bus" when nothing is going your way. He topped off  his inspirational comdey by performing The Evolution of Dance, one of the most all time viewed Youtubes videos.

The group had tons of fun away from convention too. With Indianapolis being the racing capital of the world, a trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a must do. Also keeping it Indy themed, go-kart racing was a highlight of the trip. A visit to Indianapolis's premeir huanted house, Fright Manor, topped it all off. It was a great, fun filled week that the Sutherlin FFA Chapter is looking forward to repeating next year.