Written by State President Sammi Jo Cool and State Vice President Kyle Strachila
When the time came for the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana a few weeks ago, the Washington state officer team was eager to arrive and start their week of activities. National Convention is a major highlight of the FFA year. This was an opportunity for each of the officers to attend and experience it from a different point of view.
For Sammi Jo, Kyle L., Hannah, and Ellie, National Convention was a favorite FFA event they experienced in high school. For Kyle S. and Christy, the Nationals experience was brand new. As a whole, the team enjoyed a unique opportunity to represent Washington as delegates and serve as the voice of Washington FFA on major national issues.
Kicking off on Monday the 17th, the state officers took part in social media training to help them become stronger advocates of American agriculture and the National FFA Organization by utilizing numerous social media sites and methods. Without skipping a beat, the team got down to business serving as delegates on the following issues: reconstruction of the delegate process, alternative delivery models for leadership development, floriculture CDE, agriculture experience program, creation of competitive collegiate FFA events, and increased middle school involvement. Beginning on Tuesday the 18th and ending the ninth and final session of convention, the WA FFA officers were proud to represent Washington FFA members whether they were debating, creating proposals during committee meetings, attending public delegate hearings, or holding a seat to debate and vote on issues during delegate business sessions. Experiencing the business side of convention was a new experience for all of the state officers which they enjoyed immensely.
Despite their busy schedule, the Washington state officers also enjoyed the fun side of convention. They sang their hearts out at the Blake Shelton concert Wednesday night and took in some rodeo action at the Bulls and Broncs Rodeo Thursday night. It was a great week spent in Indianapolis and an experience they won’t soon forget.
The state officers would like to congratulate all the teams and individuals who “brought it” to the National CDE competitions: “Washington State is proud of you and we thank you for representing us in such fine fashion. Congratulations also go out to the chapter and individual award winners in National Chapter, Proficiency, Agriscience Fair, and the Delo Tractor Restoration award programs.”
The 2011-2012 state officers are currently out on the road doing chapter visits right now and look forward to seeing you along the FFA highway!