The third week of October found over 30 Seneca FFA members, advisers, parents and guests invading Indianapolis for the 2018 National FFA Convention and Expo.
A record 69,000-plus FFA members nationwide were registered for this year’s convention.
Convention sessions were held at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis and the huge agricultural Career Expo was held at the convention center. In addition to the many recognitions presented, members listened to the retiring address of the National FFA officers and other guest speakers including John Deere CEO Sam Allen; Secretary of Education Betsy Devos; Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue; and President Donald Trump.
The Seneca FFA was recognized on stage as a 3-Star chapter and Grant Granby received his American Degree. The American Degree is the highest level of degree an FFA member can receive and is the culmination of five years of dedication.
The Seneca FFA visited the National FFA Center, located in Indianapolis, where the seniors paid homage to the Seneca FFA brick. The FFA also toured the Indianapolis Speedway, including the museum, press areas, the garage area and received a lap on the track. Kelsay Dairy Farms, a modern and technologically advanced dairy farm supplemented with agri-tourism, was a favorite stop. A private grounds tour of Victory Field, the AAA stadium in Indianaplois, was conducted to expose members to careers in turf and sports management.
Always active in community service, the Seneca FFA will be providing aid to an FFA chapter in Florida suffering in the wake of the hurricane.
This year’s entertainment included a Wednesday night concert featuring Garth Brooks.