INDIANAPOLIS – More than 450 North Dakotans have traveled to Indianapolis to attend the the 90th Annual National FFA Convention. The convention begins with its opening session on Wednesday, October 25th at 3:30 p.m. and will be attended by over 55,000 FFA members from around the nation.
Of the more than 450 who have traveled to Indianapolis, 69 North Dakota students are competing in a total of 16 Career Development Events (CDEs) and four Leadership Development Events (LDEs). Two ND members will perform with the National FFA Band, as well as two participating in the National FFA Choir. Cole Ketterling of Wishek, ND and Audra Montgomery of Carrington, ND are representing North Dakota as a National Proficiency Finalist and a National Star in Agribusiness Finalist, respectively.
“This is one of the most exciting times of the year for the FFA community,” says Tamra Maddock, the Executive Director of the North Dakota FFA Foundation. “This is an opportunity for our members to put their hard work and studying to the test and show the nation North Dakota has extremely intelligent youth.”
Andrew Young, Assistant Director to the North Dakota FFA Foundation, explains the additional benefit to sending hundreds of North Dakotans: “National FFF Convention is an opportunity to expose our members to other states; show them different practices of agriculture; and lets them experience cultures different from their own” highlights Young. “The ND FFA Foundation feels proud and fortunate we are able to give financial assistance to those competing to make sure they don’t miss out on this experience.”
The convention, which runs until Saturday, also features 19 ND FFA members competing in the National Agriscience Fair, as well as 48 members receiving their American FFA Degree; the highest degree an FFA member can be awarded.