During the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo, the Washington FFA Delegates (Apolinar Blanco, Rebecca Foote, Maya Wahl, Megan Miller, Samantha Brown, Liz Bumstead, and Paige Kershaw) took the National Officers up on their challenge to “Go All Out!” and participated fully in all aspects of Convention. Among the various tasks of being a National Delegate, the team found the time to enjoy the various booths throughout the FFA Career Fair and Expo hall, along with checking out the FFA Mall and Megastore!
Washington Delegates were among the 11% of members who attended the record-breaking convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 64,400 members made their way to the National Convention. There were also memorable speeches from business professionals such as the Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith and Elanco President Jeff Simmons, as well as inspirational calls-to-action from motivational speakers Nick Vujicic and Jane Herlong, who demanded that FFA members be resilient; follow their dreams and ultimately strive to be leaders who will change the world. Alongside the amazing stories from the keynote speakers, Washington Delegates were inspired by the Retiring Addresses from this year’s National Officers during each of the general sessions. The 87th National FFA Convention and Expo ended on a high note with the celebration of an all-time membership count of 610,240 with 7,665 chapter across 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as the announcement of the six new National Officers:
National President: Andy Paul (Georgia); National Secretary: Victoria Maloch (Arkansas); National Eastern Region Vice President: Ruth Ann Myers (Kentucky); National Central Region Vice President: Kristen Schmidt (Colorado); National Western Region Vice President: Caleb Gustin (New Mexico); National Southern Region Vice President: Stephen McBride (Tennessee)
For more highlights of the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo, go to FFA.org to watch the online sessions and RFD-TV coverage.