Eight students from Niangua's FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention that was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, Oct. 19-22.
This intense three-day conference offers students from all 50 states and Puerto Rico many opportunities to excel as agricultural leaders and discover their potential. FFA members engage in many exciting opportunities during convention, including listening to exceptional motivational speakers, partaking in local agribusiness tours, attending leadership workshops, traveling outside of state and getting involved in numerous recreational activities. Many members are also recognized for their leadership and achievements in the FFA by earning national proficiency awards for their SAE projects, competing in national career development events, participating in the National FFA Talent Show and even receiving the highest degree an FFA member can earn — the American FFA Degree.
Former Niangua FFA member and past president Katie Wantland was one of 466 recipients of the American Degree from Missouri and represents the 1 percent of total FFA members in the nation that has earned the degree this year. Her outstanding career with FFA is not over yet, as she is currently studying agricultural education at Northwest University to become an agricultural educator and FFA advisor.
The Niangua FFA and surrounding community is extremely proud of all of these FFA members who attended the convention this year and is eager to see how they will use this experience to shape their future as young agriculturalists who live out the FFA motto of “Earning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” The chapter would also like to thank many businesses and numerous community members for their generous donations and support in helping these students fundraise for this amazing opportunity.