Little Switzerland FFA travels to Indianapolis for 94th Annual FFA Convention

Little Switzerland FFA Chapter attends National Convention, members honored... The 14 members of the Little Switzerland FFA Chapter at Waukon High School pictured above attended the 94th Annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN in late October. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Faith Palmer, Cassidy Gibbs, Alaina Gebel, Wyatt Baxter, Alyssa Connelly, Mercedes Wilkins, Shara Cota; Back row - Bryce Berg, Ethan Palmer, Gracelyn Donahue, Hailey Bechtel, Ryley Burington, Cole Kruse, Natalie Byrnes. Pictured belowt, Little Switzerland FFA members Faith Palmer (left) and Shara Cota (right) were awared their American FFA Degree and Gold Key at the National Convention. The American FFA Degree is the highest level of active membership that can be bestowed upon FFA members. Submitted photos.

by Natalie Byrnes,
Little Switzerland FFA Chapter Reporter

During the week of October 25, 14 FFA members from the Little Switzerland chapter at Waukon High School traveled to Indianapolis, IN to attend the 94th Annual FFA Convention and Expo. Throughout the week, members were able to network with like-minded high school students from across the country and discuss agriculture.

Students participated in interactive leadership workshops where they learned many new skills that they were able to bring back to the local chapter. The chapter toured Ball State University in Muncie, IN where they were able to experience their large orchid greenhouse, learn about the night sky in their planetarium and tour the college’s state of the art glass blowing studio.

Participants also attended general sessions where they were able to hear from keynote speaker Courtney DeHoff, watch others receive awards for leadership and career development events, learn about the opportunities available to members and listen to the retiring addresses of the National FFA Officers.

Two Little Switzerland FFA members, Waukon High School graduates Faith Palmer and Shara Cota, received their American FFA Degree and Gold Key during the American Degree Ceremony held Saturday of the event. The American FFA Degree is the highest level of active membership that can be bestowed upon a member.

Members may apply for their American Degree only if they have received the State FFA Degree, have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the National Convention and meet the very high standards for the degree. Recipients must have a detailed record of involvement within the FFA, operation and maintenance of records to sustain an outstanding supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program through which a member has exhibited comprehensive planning, managerial and financial expertise, and have earned and productively invested a specific amount of both time and money in their project.