PCM FFA takes on National Convention

         On October 23, members of the Diamond Trail FFA set out for Indiana to attend the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The group of 14 students was led by PCM Agriculture Teacher Amber Samson. After 11 and a half hours of travel, the Diamond Trail FFA finally made it to their home for the next four days.

The group kicked off their visit the next day at the convention early in the morning by listening to keynote speakers, bands and checking out the countless booths. The booths were set up by places like colleges, car dealerships, and farming businesses. To top the day off, the group went to see country music star Garth Brooks live in concert.

To start their third day in Indiana, Diamond Trail FFA took a tour of Indiana Creamery to learn about how dairy products like cheese and other things are made. Indiana Creamery is an organic creamery in Indianapolis that sells grass-fed dairy products in Whole Food stores across the Midwest. The group was also able to gain insight as to how a dairy farm is operated. To close out the third day they spent some more time at the Convention Hall.

On their fourth day in Indianapolis, they went to Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana. There the group had the chance to ride in a helium balloon which soared 377 feet up into the air. For their final event of the National Convention, the group listened to FFA’s National Secretary Erica Bier give her retiring address. Brier talked about her fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and “not fearing the fight, but fighting the fear.”

The group finally headed back home on Saturday, October 27. Diamond Trail FFA had lots of fun along with learning throughout the trip and surely took home many memories.