FFA heads south for national convention

Written by Katie Hunger

“A lot of kids are in Ag because it’s a career tech program. They’re more focused on the career part than on going to college,” – Vangosen

FFA members will be heading to Louisville on Oct. 27 for the FFA National Convention. Twenty-eight due paying members will be going with Caroline Vangosen, Scottsburg’s chapter advisor.  Members will attend workshops, sessions led either by national officers or special speakers, and a career fair. A lot of the sessions are meant to be motivational and the career fair allows students to learn about different ag businesses through meeting people who actually work in those jobs.

“A lot of kids are in Ag because it’s a career tech program. They’re more focused on the career part than on going to college,” said Vangosen.

Over the three days they are there, members will meet with chapters from all over the U.S. but Vangosen has specific plans to introduce them to chapters from Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky. Ideas are shared for projects and chapters discuss what agriculture is like in their states.

“They always come back with crazy ideas and I have to be like ‘bring it on in’,” said Vangosen.

“Last year, while attending national convention we met a few wonderful people from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico,” said Isaiah Bromm (12). “I can’t wait to see who we meet this year.”

Vangosen drove the handful of FFA members who went down to Louisville every day of the convention last year.

“Last year, was my first year going,” said Sara Edwards (11), Co-Vice President. “It probably wasn’t the full experience because we had to drive back and forth, but it was still a ton of fun. During that time we really just bonded. They are definitely some of my closest friends. You can’t do that without really loving it, so you all have that common love for the organization as well.”

“When we come back those kids will be a very tight nit group and they’ll form bonds that they didn’t expect to form. They’ll also be inspired to do great in our organization and talk to other chapters about what they’re doing,” said Vangosen.

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