By Josh Young Jr. Posted October 20, 2010
There will be ten Lowry FFA students attending the National FFA Convention this year, plus three chaperones. Over 50,000 students will be attending the National Convention.
To qualify to enter this National Convention to compete, the students have to win a Gold Medal or First Place at their State Convention. The State Conventions are held in spring, and the National Conventions are held in the fall.
“It’s a good time, you can learn anything about everything, you can go and learn about Business Management, there’s horticulture there is a ton of different stuff you can do, it’s almost like Skills USA, only more Agriculture-based,” said junior Ryan Nelson, who will be attending the trip to Nationals for the experience it provides.
Senior Bryce Brumley is going to go to Nationals to participate in the Beef Proficiencies competition, which is where an application is filled out describing an SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) project, after which, you are interviewed about your project. The competitors are asked questions about what they did for their individual SAE project, how they make it better, and what their goals are.
“We get the opportunity to learn a lot more about other agriculture areas at Nationals because there’s a team from every state that competed because only one team from each State gets to go,” Brumley said. “So you can learn about what’s going on in all the other states [and] you get to meet new people and just learn a lot about the agricultural world.”
The Agricultural world affects our lives every day.
FFA Advisor Corey Coles said, “[The student’s get a] general knowledge of the agricultural industry. Agriculture affects every single person’s daily life, and so if you are able to understand that, you’re able to understand a lot more about what’s going on inside … our nation.”