Several members of the Sloan-Hendrix FFA attended the 90th
Annual National FFA Convention and Expo held in
Indianapolis, Indiana during October 24-27. This year, more
than 67,000 FFA members, supporters and guests attended the
convention. It is one of the largest annual student
conventions in the world. Convention and expo events took
place at several venues in downtown Indianapolis and
surrounding areas. FFA members and guests from across the
country participated in general sessions, competitive
events, educational tours, leadership workshops, an expo and
shopping mall, and volunteer activities and more.
Highlights of this year’s convention
included a keynote speech by Laila Ali, undefeated boxing
champion and a concert by Rascal Flatts. Sloan-Hendrix
members were entertained by a hypnotist and also toured the
famed Indianapolis Speedway.
Sloan-Hendrix FFA members attending were
Hunter Stallings, Amber Johnson, John Jones, Taylor Ivy,
Dakota Jones, Briar Miller, Alexis Easley, Mathew Wicker,
Creeden Lee, and Emily Woodard. They were accompanied by
Mrs. Amanda Stallings, Mrs. Mary Jones, and FFA Advisor Mr.
Isaac Blankenship. Sloan-Hendrix was privileged to also be
accompanied by seven representatives of the Tuckerman FFA.
According to Hunter Stallings the highlight
of the convention was “Meeting people from over the
country.” Amber Johnson said, “I really enjoyed the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and getting to kiss the bricks.
But the coolest thing was getting to spend a week with other
delegates from Arkansas.”
The National FFA Convention and Expo is a
once in a lifetime chance for high school students to be
surrounded by a sea of blue jackets worn by FFA members from
all corners of the nation converging in one place to
celebrate their accomplishments and find inspiration for