Oakland FFA chapter goes to the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana

October 29, 2016 GMT

Thirteen students from Oakland High School had the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, on Oct. 16 for the 89th National FFA Convention where they competed in two different career development events.

The seven students who placed second in the Beginning Parliamentary Procedure contest last March were invited to participate in the inaugural year of the Conduct of Chapter Meetings contest.

There they practiced Robert’s Rules of Order and the official FFA opening and closing ceremonies. The students were Hadley Brooksby, Mickey Petrini, Grace Witten, Kaylee Simonson, Wyatt Fuerborn, Jakob Brooksby and Natalie Kasal.

The students were also asked to give a presentation and to answer verbal questions testing their knowledge of Parliamentary Procedure and the FFA Handbook. As sophomores, they are eager to see what’s in store for related Parliamentary Procedure competitions later.

The floriculture team also represented Oregon well, placing eighth in the nation out of 43 teams and receiving a gold award. The team consisted of Emily Patt, Emma Gibbs, Grace McCracken and Rogue Hartman.

Participants in the competition were asked to complete a test on their horticultural knowledge, a mathematical problem solving test, a team activity, and several different practicums including floral arranging, plant identification, and a job interview.

All students received gold individual awards as well the gold team award. The next day, students had the opportunity to deliver floral arrangements made in the competition to patients at the local veterans hospital.

Aside from competing, students also had opportunities to make contacts from around the nation, participate in leadership workshops and listen to some of the world’s most inspiring speakers.

Kayla Rushing, who graduated from Oakland High School in June 2015, also received her American FFA Degree, the highest honor the National FFA Organization can bestow upon its members. Oakland FFA would like to thank the community for making this trip possible.