MJHS Intern Writer
The Mt. Juliet High School FFA chapter is going to be busy for the next couple of weeks, as they are participating in a few important activities.Next week, several students are travelling to Indianapolis to partake in the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo. While attending the convention, the students will learn about careers in the agriculture industry, compete for scholarships, volunteer in the community and have a hand in shaping the future of the National FFA Organization.
There will be several events going on during the expo. Many anticipate seeing the keynote speakers, Scott Hamilton, an Olympic figure skating champion; Dr. Lowell Catlett, an acclaimed professor in agricultural economics and agricultural business; and Josh Bleill, an inspiring motivational speaker. There will also be music concerts during the convention, with artists such as The Band Perry and Brantley Gilbert headlining.
The students attending National Convention are representing not only Mt. Juliet High School, but the state as well, competing against other schools from across the country in several competitions including Poultry Judging and Marketing Plan. This is Mt. Juliet’s second time representing Tennessee in the Marketing Plan CDE. Last year, the team was in the top ten of the nation.
The pressure is on, and the FFA Chapter is ready to deliver. Poultry Judging team member Kayla Graf stated about the subject, “It’s a great opportunity to represent the state of Tennessee at National Convention. Our teams have been working hard since the spring, and we are ready to make our school proud.”
In the spring, Mt. Juliet High School received a Gold Chapter Award from the Tennessee Association, which qualified them for the National Star Chapter award. At National Convention, Mt. Juliet delegates will be presented with the National Star chapter award, receiving a three star rating, the highest rating possible.
When they return from Indianapolis, the students are participating in the Fall Fundraiser, selling foods ranging from boxed sets of fruit to smoked bacon. This is the FFA’s only fundraiser, so they rely on this to support them for the rest of the year.
If you have any questions on the trip to Indiana, please visit the National Convention website at https://www.ffa.org/Events/conventionandexpo. If you are interested in the fundraiser, please contact the school’s guidance department.