Thursday, April 20, 2017

State FFA Convention May 11-13 in Morrisville

From New York State FFA

New York FFA will conduct its 92nd State Convention May 11-13 on the Morrisville State College campus.

State Officer Taylor McNamara said she “can't wait to come together again in May as one big FFA family to recognize members for all their hard work throughout the year and celebrate New York FFA.” 

This “one big FFA family” will consist of nearly 1,200 students and over 300 advisers and guests.

Set in the heart of Upstate New York, we are excited to return to Morrisville with new opportunities. FFA members will be participating in local community service-learning projects, including a playground build. 

"I'm most excited about our service project. It is for a great cause, our No Member Fights Alone campaign," said State Officer Katie Killenbeck. "Members will be able to join us in a nighttime glow run/walk to show their support and raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. It's going to be Legendary.” 

Service projects will support cancer research for all citizens.

Students and adults from across the state will participate in career and leadership development contests and engage with agricultural colleges, business and industry representatives. 

“I recommend that every FFA member goes to State Convention, not only will it be legendary, there is something for everyone. From workshops, CDE's, talent and so much more,” said State Officer Seth Browe.

Speakers will include Ashley Willits, currently serving as a National FFA Officer, and the keynote speakers will be the Peterson Brothers, well-known Kansas farmers who became YouTube sensations with their song parodies.  They also are known for a series of educational videos and give talks across the country about farming.

For entertainment, we have an evening concert with country musician Jerrod Niemann, and an evening Fun Run followed by fireworks.

With more than 4,300 members, New York FFA’s annual convention recognizes accomplishments from all members during the 2016-17 school year. FFA programs support agricultural education in New York by incorporating leadership conferences, scholarship programs, career development and investment of time in its young leaders, which helps to develop confidence, skills and passion as students move on to college and careers in agriculture. 

“Convention is a special time of year for FFA members to come together and celebrate all the work we have put in throughout the year," said State President Camille Ledoux. "It is a gathering of great people, great minds and the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication.”

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