SENECA — The third week of October found over 40 Seneca FFA members, advisors, parents and guests invading Indianapolis for the 2012 National FFA Convention and Expo.
A record 56,000 plus FFA members nationwide were registered this year’s convention. Convention sessions were held at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, while the huge agricultural career expo was held at the convention center.
In addition to the many recognitions presented, members listened to the retiring address of the National FFA officers and other guest speakers, including former gold medalist and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton, world renowned futurist Lowell Catlett, and double amputee and Irag War veteran Josh Bleill.
Recognitions for The Seneca FFA included being named a National 2-Star chapter and The Seneca FFA Alumni being named a Silver Emblem Chapter.
Individually, Nick Briscoe was named the national winner in the Ag Services Proficiency Award and Austin Granby was the national runner-up in Agricultural Sales, winning a trip to Costa Rica.
The Seneca FFA visited the National FFA Center, located in Indianapolis, where the freshmen members paid homage to the Seneca FFA brick. The FFA also toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the museum, press areas, the garage area and received a lap on the track.
Kelsay Dairy Farms, a modern and technologically advanced dairy farm supplemented with agri-tourism was a favorite stop. A private grounds tour of Victory Field, the AAA stadium in Indy, was conducted to expose members to careers in turf and sports management.
Always active in community service, The Seneca FFA had the opportunity to participate in the National Day of Service as well as spending The Rally to Fight Hunger. Members spent a morning at Maplelawn Farms, a Depression-era farm museum, repairing, painting and improving the facilities.
Seneca FFA was part of the assembly of over one million meals as FFA members from across the country participated in the Rally Against Hunger.
This year’s entertainment included a concert on Wednesday night featuring Brantley Gilbert and The Band Perry. Members celebrated the end of the convention with a dance on Friday night.