Almost any event becomes more intriguing when viewed from behind the scenes. The 89th National FFA Convention, which includes everything from arena stage events to the Day of Service and workshops for nearly 55,000 attendees, is no exception.
It takes many volunteers to help make a convention of this magnitude a positive experience for all of its guests. This year approximately 900 FFA members, including students from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, formed the National FFA Courtesy Corps.
The students viewed the convention from the other side – backstage – playing a crucial role in the events logistics. Local members participating in the National FFA Courtesy Corps were Marley Anderson, McKenzie Anderson, Kaylie Campbell, Austin Case, Liberty Cox, Carleigh Crawford, Colten Johnson, Kennedie Kieffer, Kaylee Lewis, Jared Loney, Meredith Oesch, Maggie Pfaff, Taylar Simmer, and Malloree Summers. The 89th National FFA Convention was held October 19 -October 22, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Participants in the National FFA Courtesy Corps provide valuable services for the overall convention operation,” says National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown. “FFA gains a tremendous resource, and the participants gain wonderful volunteer experience and an insight into the planning and logistics necessary to ensure a safe and successful convention. They are key to our ability to create a premier leadership and educational event for nearly 55,000 guests.”
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set the direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.