National FFA Convention 2012
Recently the Wamego Chapter FFA attended the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. More than 55,000 student members of FFA and their teachers from throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands attended the annual National FFA Convention & Expo. This year’s event was the 85th consecutive gathering since FFA was founded in 1928.
Nine general sessions brought tens of thousands of FFA members together at a single time under a single roof during the four-day event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. They also flowed through the aisles of the Expo, an event that showcased nearly 400 corporations, businesses, organizations and colleges Wednesday through Friday at Indiana Convention Center.
Figure skating star Scott Hamilton was the keynote speaker during the convention's opening session. Hamilton was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and is a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He captured the world’s attention 25 years ago with his Olympic gold-medal performances in Sarajevo. Since, Hamilton has been a sport commentator and best-selling author. He inspires others as a speaker, philanthropist and cancer and brain tumor survivor.
Other keynote speakers heard from were Dr. Lowell Catlett, a nationally renowned agriculture professor, former NBA star Walter Bond and native Hoosier Josh Bleill, a former Marine-turned-motivational-speaker after losing both legs while serving in Iraq.
Throughout the week, FFA members and teachers attended workshops and tookcareer and educational tours, including Purdue University, NCAA Hall of Fame, and a stop by the St. Louis Arch on the way to Convention.
The 8 students from Wamego that attended were, Kevin Zerbe, Jacob Dietrich, Tristan Walsh, Matt Plummer, Dallas Holz, Anna Carpenter, Rachelle Wylie, Blythe Wagner. All eight students had great time and can’t wait to go back again and participate in all the fun events.