WAYNE – Every other year Future Farmers of America students at Wayne Community Schools get the opportunity to attend the National Convention.
As everyone was able to participate last year with an online version held, anyone is welcome to attend the National FFA Convention. At the local level, Wayne Community Schools attends every other year unless you qualify at the state level in competition.
The 94th National FFA Convention & Expo was held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana from Wednesday, October 27 – Saturday, October 30.
In the fifth year of FFA, eights students from Wayne Community Schools along with the student teacher joined Ag/FFA Instructor Toni Rasmussen.
The group attended several sessions and watched a keynote speaker while attending workshops.
Rasmussen said they also went through the Expo which showcased what’s available in the Ag industry.
“Everything from citrus farming to, of course the farming we’re used to around here with corn and beans to livestock and poultry,” said Rasmussen. “And kind of all the food science that goes along with it to, to get the entire product from the from to what we consume.”
Students had to complete an application and were ranked based on FFA points in how involved they’ve been over the past year.
Wayne FFA members also set a goal to get a picture with the back of the FFA jackets with different states and met all but three across the United States. Video found here.
Rasmussen added it’s always an impact to see about 55,000 FFA jackets in one place
“I mean a lot of it was just meeting a lot of people from all across,” Rasmussen added. “There’s of course all sorts of stories from the awesome group of kids that we brought. Really any of them would have brought would have had a good time. So, ultimately just hearing them converse about all the things and what they took from it is probably the best part.”
Wayne FFA was also recognized as a National Chapter at the State Level last Spring and received a Silver. Being in the top 10% of the State, Wayne FFA advanced to the National Level where they were judged on a three-star scale.
“So, we received three-out-of-three stars on that application and on our chapter activities,” Rasmussen mentioned. “There’s about eight chapters in Nebraska that received a three-star rating. Just seeing some of those other chapters that we’re right up there with means a lot to the kids and to myself because these are chapters we hear about all the time because they do well and they’re pretty active.”
This document was a roughly 25-page application which students in the second year of the program began the process. Each year, the next chapter has added and edited to the document since then.
A 2020 graduate, Casey Koenig was also the first-ever from Wayne Community Schools to receive the American FFA Degree.
Rasmussen sated this award can be received one year out of high school and is the top degree an individual could obtain within the FFA system.
“So, that means that you’ve earned so much money and you’ve spent so much money productively into your SAE’s, or your job or where you work,” said Rasmussen. “In addition, to doing 50 community service hours and being involved in the FFA chapter.”
Koenig was listed as one of 140 Nebraska FFA members to receive this degree.
Next up for Wayne FFA will be ‘Giving Thanksgiving’ all week from Monday, November 8 – Friday, November 12 in support of the Wayne County Food Pantry.
A Local Leadership Night is also scheduled for Tuesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. from the Wayne Jr/Sr High School where FFA members will receive their Greenhand and Chapter Degrees. Parents and community members are welcome to attend as students will also present their Leadership Development Events (LDEs). Admission to the event is one non-perishable food item.
Rasmussen would also like to thank the community for their support both financially and their general assistance.
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