Newell-Fonda FFA members took a trip to National FFA Convention

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
From left to right, Kolton Blum, Russell Brummer, Rayann Volkert, Braleigh Schossow, Rachel Kenny, Klint Blum, and Connor Pickhinke. / Photo submitted

Seven members of the Ridge View FFA Chapter attended the 90th National Convention. The convention was held October 24 through the 28.

On the first day of the trip, they stopped in Dyersville, Iowa to view the National Farm Toy Museum. After this stop, they traveled to Moline, Illinois and stopped at Rock Island Arsenal to visit Lock & Dam No. 15 along the Mississippi River. They learned about the mechanisms of how the locks work and enjoyed a full tour of the facilities. On Wednesday, they toured 300 Below, a cryogenic tempering facility.

They learned how cryogenic treatment affects certain materials. They traveled to Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon for the opening session of the 90th National Convention.

At National Convention, they heard from many great speakers including Laila Ali. She told her story of overcoming the labels people gave her and how she broke through stereotypes to become one of the best women’s boxers of her time. On Thursday and Friday, they enjoyed the career show, college fair, and many workshops. They also attended many sessions and listened to Mick Ebeling talk about how nothing is impossible. Rachel Kenny said her favorite parts of the National Convention Trip were getting a tour of the Lock & Dam and listening to Mick Ebeling speak about all the things he has accomplished by believing that nothing is impossible. Braleigh Schossow said her favorite part of the trip was the advice from owner of 300 Below, Peter Paulin, as she said it gave her insight for plans during college.