2017-11-29 / Other Jenkins News

Jenkins County FFA Members attend 90th National Convention


Shown are Jenkins County Middle/High School FFA Officers, along with Mr. Dobby Gay, Jenkins County Farm Bureau President. 
(Photos contriubted) Shown are Jenkins County Middle/High School FFA Officers, along with Mr. Dobby Gay, Jenkins County Farm Bureau President. (Photos contriubted) Five Jenkins County FFA Members recently attended the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Those attending were Grace Bennett, Adeline Bennett, Emily Gaudry, Devan Godbee, and Macy Coker.

During the week of October 23, students attended awards sessions, listened to motivational speakers, attended the college, career and industry expo and had the opportunity to meet other FFA members from around the nation. This year’s FFA Convention broke all records for attendance as over 67,000 students were in attendance. Students were able to see Rascal Flatts in concert and attend the Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

On the journey to Indianapolis, students stopped for a visit at Ruby Falls in Chattanooga and toured the Lost Cave in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They also stopped at the Harvest Home Dairy in southern Indiana and toured the facilities. The dairyman in charge explained how he used the newest agricultural technology in his enterprise.


Jenkins County FFA Members shown in downtown Indianapolis, from left, are Grace Bennett, Adeline Bennett, Emily Gaudry, Devan Godbee, and Macy Coker. Jenkins County FFA Members shown in downtown Indianapolis, from left, are Grace Bennett, Adeline Bennett, Emily Gaudry, Devan Godbee, and Macy Coker. A highlight of the convention was meeting students from the Silent Springs FFA Chapter from North Pole, Alaska. Jenkins County students had been corresponding with Silent Springs members throughout the past year via social media.

Jenkins County Middle School (JCMS) chapter president, Devan Godbee, stated “National FFA Convention opens up your eyes to all the diverse opportunities available in the field of agriculture and helped me to see the importance of new agricultural technology in feeding a growing population.”

Carmen Bennett, JCMS FFA advisor, stated, “This trip to Indianapolis would not have been possible without the generous support of our teachers and our community, especially Jenkins County Farm Bureau, who donated $2,000 dollars towards our travel costs. We all consider ourselves blessed to live and work in a community that values the contributions of young people and understands that they are the future of agriculture.”

The students were able to meet with Mr. Dobby Gay, Jenkins County Farm Bureau president, before they left for Indianapolis. Mr. Dobby recounted his own trip via train from Millen to the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri in 1960.

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