A week filled with learning at National Convention

National FFA

(Front row from left) Alyssa Logue, Madison Hafliger, Grace’ Glatz, Lacey Windholz(Back row) Raina Bostick, Desiree Littlechild, Hadley Folsom, Codi Bliss, Michaela Stefan

By Grace’ Glatz
Nine WaKeeney FFA members traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, to take part of the 90th National Convention on October 24 through October 28.

The students and advisors began their journey on October 24, where they stopped in St. Louis to enjoy Go-Karts, laser tag, and to gain much needed rest. The next morning they traveled up the arch to learn about the history of the tallest man built structure in the U.S. After their history lesson, they returned to the road and arrived in Indianapolis that evening.

At the convention, the chapter members participated in sessions and learning workshops. The session’s theme this year was “I Can. We Will,” which means together they can and will make a difference for the future of FFA.  More than 67,000 FFA members from across the nation attended the 2017 National FFA Convention and Expo.

In addition, the advisors and students attended a dairy farm called Kelsey Farms in Whiteland, Indiana. This helped the members achieve a better understanding of what happens to the milk before it arrives at the store. The chapter also stopped at Good’s Candy Shop in Anderson, Indiana, to see how their sweet treats are made.

Sprinkling some entertainment on the trip, the group went to a Rascal Flatts concert and Cinch Worlds Toughest Rodeo.

Members that traveled to convention included Codi Bliss, Grace’ Glatz, Michaela Stefan, Madison Hafliger, Lacey Windholz, Hadley Folsom, Raina Bostick, Desiree Littlechild, and Alyssa Logue. Advisors that attended were Blair Nickelson and Michaelle Bliss.


A day filled with agricultural learning

Kids Ag Day
Keeping a firm grip on her goat, Ziva, Hadley Folsom watches as a group of fourth graders approach the pen.  Folsom spoke about caring for her goat at the Kids Ag Day, and the students enjoyed petting Ziva.

By Grace’ Glatz
Fourth and fifth graders from Trego Grade School, Ellis Grade School, and Western Plains Grade School all attended the Kids Ag Day held at the fairgrounds on October 4.

While a few WaKeeney FFA members brought animals so the kids had a chance to have a hands on learning experience, the other members led students to various stations around the fairgrounds. From the looks of the day, the students seemed to be having fun while still learning. Senior Codi Bliss said, “I think the kids enjoyed the day because most of the kids that attended don’t get to experience agricultural life on a daily basis.”

Others that presented were Bronc Barrows, WOW; Lois Keller with the Kansas Wheat Commission, Wheat; Candice Fitch-Dietz, Pollinators; Jason Schneider, Farm Equipment; Dustin Becker, Water Jeopardy; Kansas Soybean Commission, Soybeans; Dr. Andrew Tucker, Kelsey Stremel, and Jerret Pfannenstiel, Animal Byproducts and Drones; and Nelle Newman and Chad Miller, Frontier Ag.

Blair Nickelson, the Trego FFA sponsor, organizes a Kids Ag Day every year and commented on its importance.

"Fourth and the fifth graders from the surrounding areas need to be able to capture the idea of where their food comes from and how it is grown along with learning the safety that comes with it.”






Students well-fed at FFA bonfire


As Blair Nickelson’s dog, Marley, gazes longingly at a potential snack, FFA Vice-President Codi Bliss prepares to roast her hotdog. The FFA held its annual hayrack ride and bonfire on September 23.



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