October is associated with a number of things, the fall season, leaves changing color, students adjusting to the new school year and the annual National FFA Convention to name a few. February has become somewhat synonymous with the annual celebration of FFA Week.
For many years, the Indiana capitol has hosted the event that brings roughly 70,000 FFA members and their chaperones to the Hoosier state during the fall of each new school year. The annual event encourages student members and provides them with a wealth of information on various subjects: making a college choice, joining the work force following high school, careers and business opportunities.
Rushville FFA members have attended the national convention for years and students look forward to the multi-faceted event.
The convention is so much more than a “sea of blue corduroy jackets.” Students attend workshops and sessions as well as special entertainment for the event. During the 2018 National Convention, county music legend Garth Brooks performed a private concert for members at the Indianapolis event.
Speakers have included bestselling authors, National FFA officers and motivational speakers as a means to stress the importance and inspire the students to not only become better versions of themselves, but to also support their communities. They also encourage members on how to handle any and all challenges and obstacles life provides.
During recent national conventions, the Rushville FFA chapter has been recognized on many fronts at the national level. RCHS educator and FFA sponsor Blair Orme was quick to add that many life skills such as public speaking, leadership and teamwork are developed in FFA and are used long after their high school days are behind them.
Look for the FFA special section in an upcoming edition of the Rushville Republican.