FFA competes in Indiana for Nationals

by Peyton Johnson, Reporter

On October 23, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the FFA National Convention. Twenty students went to Nationals along with the advisors Mrs. Pat Beachy and Mr. Tom Hawthorne. There were over 62,000 members, ambassadors, and guests in total.

The students attending nationals were Peyton Johnson, Peyton Marth, Alexa Bonney, Emma Baker, Grace Sier, Katelyn Iager, and Ashley Walden from the Conduct of Chapter Meetings team.The Agriculture Sales team was Jackey Hinkson, Karley Fink, Nicole Muller, and Morgan Whipp. The competitors from the Forestry team were Austin Welty, Abby Kurupas, Ryan Mondonedo, and Mike Selzer. Sarah Curley, Tabitha Reeder and Ashley Abuelhawa also came to support their classmates.

All of the teams who competed for Linganore at Nationals won bronze team awards, but Nicole Muller from the Agriculture sales team won an individual Gold award.

The members went to a Garth Brooks concert. Nicole Muller, the current Linganore FFA Chapter President said, “I thought it was great!” Muller said her favorite part was the encore when he came back and sang a few more songs. Muller’s favorite song that he sang was  “Friends in low places.” 

The students who do well in any of the competitions at Nationals have an opportunity to win as much money as 1,000 dollars. If a student in FFA has competed in Nationals, it often catches the attention of colleges and can even grant them scholarships to a college they might be interested in.

Participating and becoming involved in FFA is a way to be more involved in the community, and teach leadership and cooperation. All students are welcome to join the FFA.  See Mrs. Patricia Beachy or Mr. Tom Hawthorne.