On Oct. 21-25, 10 members and one advisor of the Sioux Central FFA chapter attended the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Those who attended the convention are: Krista Schealler, Lindsey Kestner, Luke Selk, David Hermstad, Katie Christensen, Susan Krummen, Austin Ehlers, Sam Stoppelmoor, Jamie Madsen, and Maggie Patterson, and Advisor Melanie Bloom.
The FFA members arrived in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday where they received a tour of the Chicago Board of Trade. They learned how the board of trade works and how stocks are traded. While in Chicago, they also got to look at the Sears Tower. The members also attended the 1st opening session of the convention. Keynote speaker Dana Hee, a Gold medalist and Hollywood Stunt woman, talked about the different stunts that she had completed during the years. They also got to see the National Band and Choir, and the introduction of the National FFA officers.
On Thursday, the FFA members departed for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While they were there, they visited the museum, got a behind-the-scenes tour of the speedway, and learned about Indy car racing. They also got to "kiss the bricks", which are the three feet of the original bricks of the racetrack. Thursday afternoon they attended the second session where National Chapter Awards were awarded. FFA members from each of the states also displayed their talent during their FFA talent show. Thursday evening they attended the Bulls and Broncs rodeo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. During the show, cowboys tested their luck trying to ride the bulls and broncos. Clowns were also there to distract the bulls, and new four-door trucks were also displayed throughout the event.
Friday morning, the Sioux Central FFA members attended the fourth and last session of the week. Keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich used his comedian background to talk to over 47,000 FFA members from around the nation about relationships and other things that they will have to deal with later in their lives. Before heading home, the members were able to visit the Career Show, FFA Mall and Food Court, many workshops, and a job fair where they were able to interview businesses from around the area.
After arriving home, Katie Christensen had the following to comment about her first trip to the national convention and the bus ride home, "I got to sit with a bunch of people I didn't know so I made a lot of new friends". Maggie Patterson also said "I enjoyed the trip and met a new friend from Oklahoma."