By RODNEY D. BOAM
West Side and Preston High School FFA students will join 55,000 other members of the national organization and other guests at the FFA National convention in Indianapolis, Ind., this week.
The students will leave on Sunday, Oct. 21 and be there until Oct. 24 to learn about careers in the agriculture industry, compete for scholarships and volunteer in the community.
Advisors Jim Summers, WS, Josh Evans and Larin Crossley, PHS, this year’s National Ag Educator of the Year for FFA, will accompany six students from West Side and 12 from Preston to the convention.
Brett Thornley, 19, of WSHS, who graduated last year but won the state prepared public speaking contest, will be competing at the National level with a speech called: “A Truly Endangered Species, The American Farmer.”
Lauren Gleed, PHS, will be going with the sate officers to the convention as the State FFA Treasurer.
Austin Peterborg and Nathan Rindlisbaker, also of PHS, will receive the American FFA Degree.
“Seth Pratt of Blackfoot, the Western Region Vice President, is the first national officer from Idaho in the last 20 years,” said Ben Meyer, state program manager. “Pratt took off a year of his schooling to devote 320 days to the FFA.“
This year the convention will be live-streamed through a partnership between RFD-TV, Alltech, and iHigh.com People can watch the convention live or relive it on-demand at MYRURALTV.com RFD-TV will also do some behind the scenes stories as well as convention coverage.
This story is sponsored by U&I Furniture.
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