Written by Emma Matteo Emma Matteo
Created: 12 November 2015 12 November 2015
National Convention was held in Louisville, Kentucky on October 28th-31st. Eight Sutherlin FFA members traveled there on October 24th to tour the area, and later on in the week, compete in their national-level events. Upon arrival, students immediately were able to learn about the region and what it has to offer. The teams also did very well placing in their events.
Students toured many interesting sights and learned a lot from them. This consisted of the Corvette Factory, Mammoth Caves, Louisville Slugger Factory, Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox, and much more. The factories showed how important industry is and how agricultural education can help with jobs in these industries. The Patton Museum gave students a new outlook on different leadership skills that can be used effectively anywhere in life.
Members were able to learn a lot from the Convention itself as well. They were able to listen to motivational speakers doing convention sessions that had powerful messages behind them. There were also workshops where members learned about speaking up and helping others out in their community or wherever they may find the need. Members were also able to meet others from all around the United States, and experience other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
The competitions comprised of Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR), Agricultural Communications, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Bryson Price participated in Extemporaneous speaking and placed in the top sixteen competitors of the nation, getting him a silver award. Agricultural Communications placed ninth in the nation and earned a gold award. The Environmental and Natural Resources team placed tenth in the nation, also getting a gold award.
Sutherlin FFA member and senior, Geruen Erandio, from the ENR team puts it simply, “Going to national convention was a great opportunity. Competing, meeting new people, and touring new places was amazing. Overall, the convention will be a memory never forgotten.”
Bryson Price- Top 16 (Silver Award)
Agricultural Communications: 9th Place (Gold)
Sandra Cox- Gold Award
Kimi Gerstner- Silver Award
Jessie Campbell- Silver Award
ENR: 10th Place (Gold)
Colby Hobgood- Silver Award
Geruen Erandio- Gold Award
Lukas Roman- Gold Award
Emma Matteo- Silver Award