Arlingtons FFA looks back on nationals

From left, Aaron Bosley, Seth MacDuff, Liz Soler, Shannon Wadey, Kalynn Morcom and James Donegan attend the National FFA Convention. -
From left, Aaron Bosley, Seth MacDuff, Liz Soler, Shannon Wadey, Kalynn Morcom and James Donegan attend the National FFA Convention.
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ARLINGTON The Arlington High School Future Farmers of America went to the FFA nationals to learn, not to compete, and they came away with eye-opening experiences.
Wed never been there before, said AHS FFA President Liz Soler, one of half a dozen students to visit Indianapolis for the event Oct. 21-27.
It gives them a taste of the great scale of this organization, to meet 53,000 other FFA members from across the nation, said Tracy Brown, faculty advisor for the AHS FFA. It was really motivational.
The AHS FFA attended multiple seminars and workshops on agricultural subjects, and sat in on national-level FFA competitions that gave them a glimpse of what theyll have to be ready for, if and when they make it to that level.
They know what a qualifying team looks like, from watching those finals, Brown said.
We also promoted the state of Washingtons agriculture with our own booth, said James Donegan, treasurer for the AHS FFA.
Brown noted that her students met with vendors and employers in agricultural businesses, who gave them information on college courses and job opportunities within the agriculture industry. She added that they still had plenty of time to visit the Louisville Slugger factory, the Bass Pro Shop and Churchill Downs.
It was inspiring to see the FFA fill an entire city, Donegan said.
You could walk down the street, and in front of you and in back of you, see nothing but FFA blue jackets, said Shannon Wadey, vice president of the AHS FFA. The FFA is one of the largest youth groups in America. We met students from as far away as Puerto Rico, Alaska and Texas.
Soler reflected on the experiences that seemed unique to each region, while Wadey and Donegan agreed that the other teams dedication made them want to work even harder to reach the national level of FFA competitions.
They got a nice look at life outside of Washington, Brown said.

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