National FFA Convention and Expo

From October 29th through November 2nd, our chapter advisor and ag teacher, Mr. Lechtenberg and six members of the Hay Springs FFA Chapter (Logan DeCoste, Braydon Binger, Jaiden Anderson, Hannah Hoos, Rylee Wolken, and myself, Jett Rasmussen) visited the great city of Indianapolis for the 92nd annual National FFA Convention and Expo. While there, we met other members from all over the country-places like Ohio, Kentucky, Minnesota, Texas, and many more. Throughout the three days at the convention, we were able to see some amazing national talent performances, got an inspirational and encouraging message from a leadership workshop, listened to speeches by Bob Goff, Michelle Poler, and National FFA Officers, and probably did too much shopping. On the third day of our trip, we were also lucky enough to be given a tour of Purdue University because Mr. Lechtenberg’s brother, Vic, was the former dean of the college of agriculture. When we were given the tour, we got to learn about the fish hatchery, the meat lab, how big the classrooms are, the entomology labs, the “Farmer Olympics,” and even where they brew their own beer! Overall, it was a great experience and an excellent learning opportunity, and although we had some long days, early mornings, and late nights, we would do it all again in a heartbeat. We are all grateful for the chance to go and expand our knowledge of FFA. — Jett Rasmussen

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