Springville FFA goes to Ken­tucky for con­ven­tion

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Avarie Peter­son

On Oct. 25-31, 2015, the Springville High School FFA trav­eled to Nashville, Ky., for the FFA Na­tional Con­ven­tion & Expo. Four stu­dents from the Springville FFA chap­ter trav­eled by plane and stayed for a week in Ken­tucky: Emily Robin­son, Gar­rett Ashby, Cally Brad­shaw and Cas­sidy Craudell. They had a lit­tle free time to ex­plore, go­ing to the Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame and the Na­tional Corvette Mu­seum, and they had the op­por­tu­nity to meet Drake Bell.

The theme of the con­ven­tion this year was “Amplify.” Each year at the con­ven­tion, six new stu­dents are elected by del­e­gates to rep­re­sent the or­ga­ni­za­tion as na­tional FFA offi cers. The 2015- 2016 Na­tional FFA offi cers are Tay­lor McNeel, Nick Baker, Syd­ney Snider, Abrah Meyer, Abby Gretsch and Sarah Draper ( Utah). They se­lect a pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary and vice pres­i­dents to rep­re­sent the east­ern, south­ern, cen­tral and western re­gions of the coun­try. The team will lead per­sonal growth and lead­er­ship train­ing con­fer­ences for FFA through­out the coun­try. They will set poli­cies that will help guide the fu­ture of FFA and agri­cul­ture lit­er­acy.

A great friend of the FFA from Utah, Am­ber­ley Sny­der, had the chance to speak in a ses­sion at the con­ven­tion. She spoke about overcoming ob­sta­cles and en­cour­aged FFA mem­bers to work hard ev­ery day and never give up on their dreams.

Af­ter work­ing hard to face the chal­lenges she faced af­ter a par­a­lyz­ing ac­ci­dent, she got back on her horse and started com­pet­ing in rodeos again. She is a great ex­am­ple of what per­se­ver­ance and a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude can ac­com­plish. It was a great op­por­tu­nity and many Springville FFA mem­bers hope for the chance to at­tend next year.

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