FFA members in attendance at the 2018 National Convention included, front from left, Cassidy Beining, Alexis Skym, Hannah Dickson and Kenzi Coffey; row two, Olivia Martin, Halle Elwer, Tyra Moyar and Avery Mercer; row three, Landon Elwer, Troy Calvelage, Colin White and Savanna Barnes; and back, Garrett Mueller, Austin Pohlman, Caden Meyer, Austin Ricker and Zoe Harter. Attending convention but not pictured were Brent Buettner and Evan Krites. (Submitted photos)
FFA members in attendance at the 2018 National Convention included, front from left, Cassidy Beining, Alexis Skym, Hannah Dickson and Kenzi Coffey; row two, Olivia Martin, Halle Elwer, Tyra Moyar and Avery Mercer; row three, Landon Elwer, Troy Calvelage, Colin White and Savanna Barnes; and back, Garrett Mueller, Austin Pohlman, Caden Meyer, Austin Ricker and Zoe Harter. Attending convention but not pictured were Brent Buettner and Evan Krites. (Submitted photos)
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The largest gathering of FFA members recently took place and 19 Delphos FFA members were part of it. More than 60,000 members, parents and guests gathered for the National FFA Convention October 24-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The purpose of this convention is to gather FFA members from across the nation to celebrate the achievements that have been made over the past year, broaden the horizons of members by exposing them to new places, and motivate them to continue to reach their goals.

Delphos FFA members boarded a charter bus on Wednesday morning with the Wapak and Waynesfield FFA chapters. The first stop was a tour of Tyson foods in Logansport, Indiana, a large hog slaughter facility. Fair Oaks Dairy and Swine Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana, was the second tour destination on their way to Indy. The Dairy farm is one of the largest in the country and the facility they toured housed over 36,000 cows. The swine facility was brand new in 2014 and houses 9,000 sows/gilts generating over 270,000 pigs per year.

That evening members attended a rodeo and to cap the night off they were entertained by attending a country concert by Garth Brooks.

On Thursday, the group attended the first general convention session highlighted by a guest speaker and had the opportunity to visit the Career Show at Convention. 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. Brent Buettner and Evan Krites 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 over 600,000 members.