The largest gathering of FFA members recently took place and 26 Delphos FFA members were part of it. More than 55,000 members gathered for the National FFA Convention Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis. The purpose of this convention is to gather FFA members from across the nation to celebrate the achievements that have been made of the past year, broaden the horizons of members by exposing them to new places, and motivate them to continue to reach their goals.
FFA members in attendance at the 2012 National Convention included front from left, Caitlin Landwehr, Jessica Pimpas, Bailey Gorman, Sophia Wilson, Desiree Wessel and Aysa Hamilton; row two, Kiersten Teman, Josh Kroeger, Jordan Barclay, Austin Schulte, Devin Rabe and Jesse Ditto; row three, Tanner Vermule, Gavin Shobe, Eli Siefker, and Jake Horstman; and back, Joey Suever, Riley Claypool, David Leathers and Austin Lucas.
Delphos FFA members boarded a charter bus on Wednesday morning with the Paulding and Wayne Trace FFA chapters. The first stop was a tour of a Kettle Kreations, a division of Bob Evans Farms, then toured Top Cut Genetics in Farmland, Ind., and finished with Umbarger Feeds Inc, in Bargersville, Ind.
That evening, the group enjoyed a country concert put on by The Band Perry and Bradley Gilbert. They attended their first leadership session the next morning, which was highlighted by skater and past Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton as he shared his life changing experiences and had motivational words of wisdom. They also had the opportunity to visit the Career Show at convention, tour Caito Foods and that evening for recreation, they went to a haunted woods, go-kart track and putt putt golf course. On Friday morning, they attended a tour in Fair Oaks, Ind., a 33,000 cow dairy, and even got to see two baby calves be born. That evening, they were entertained at a rodeo.
The Delphos FFA was also recognized as a 3-star National Chapter, the highest ranking a chapter can earn at the national level.
The American Degree Session was the highlight of Saturday morning. Eight Delphos FFA members, the most students in one year to receive this honor in its chapter’s 63 year history, Nathan Miller, Cory Osting, Jason Michel, Colin Barclay, Angie Wiechart, Samantha Vermule, Brett Bowersock and Dulton Moore, were awarded their American Degree, which is the highest award a member can earn. This degree is given to only one-half of one percent of the 540,000 members. They have completed all of the requirements through the FFA that enabled them to achieve the highest FFA honor for a student. They all have received there Greenhand, Chapter and State FFA degrees. They have been active members of the Delphos FFA chapter for five years, completed four years of systematic Agriculture Education Instruction, have productively invested $7,500, worked more than 2,500 hours above scheduled class time, maintained a “c” or better grade point average and were extremely involved as a FFA members through a numerous amount of activities.