JACKSON CENTER — Members of the Jackson Center FFA Chapter traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo from Oct. 28-30.
The group began their trip touring Newport Aquarium and the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati before attending the Opening session with Dr. Rick Rigsby as the keynote speaker.
Thursday morning, students traveled to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest where they learned about horticulture found across the forests 14,000 acres. The rest of the day Thursday was spent at the convention center where students got to see National FFA Officer Kristin Schmidt give her retiring address. Thursday night, members participated at the annual Buckeye Bash, a dance put on by the Ohio FFA Association for members of the Ohio FFA.
Friday morning was spent at a session where students got to hear from keynote speaker Amberly Sndyer, a former Utah FFA Officer who shared her story about becoming paralyzed and never giving up on something you want.
Lastly, Jackson Center celebrated graduate Brandon Ware on Saturday, Oct. 31 when he received his American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experience. Ware, a 2014 graduate of Jackson Center achieved this award through his work at Borchers Dairy Farm in Lewistown, Ohio.
Brandon is the second student to ever receive this award for the Jackson Center FFA Chapter.
Front Row: Left to Right: Connor Pipke, Kennadie Reese, Kasey Copeland, Madilynn Platfoot, Dailyn Shaffer and Morgan Shaffer.