• Cara Coombs

Minarets FFA Wins in Indy!

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

Article by Cara Coombs

Video by Johanna Ziegler

After many hours of practice, hard work, and travel O'Neals Minarets FFA won a first and third place title at the FFA National Convention. The convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The convention started on Oct. 30 and ended on Nov. 2. The chapter competed in different competitions while at the 92nd National FFA convention. The convention was 4 days long and FFA chapters from all fifty states came and participated in meeting sessions that are put on by the National FFA Officers. They competed in Parliamentary Procedure, state talent and the Agriscience proficiency in plant systems.

Sophomore Brayton Stenberg, alumnis Garrett Alford, Michael Rezendes, Dilan Basila, Kaitlynn Linderholm. and Natalie Anselmo.

The advanced Parliamentary Procedure team placed 3rd in the nation. Senior Maddie Wristen competed in the state talent competition. Some of the songs she sang were can you here the love tonight and Brand new key. Although she didn't win we would like to congratulate her on competing. Before the convention, they also had time to do some sightseeing while they were there they ended up Ubering everywhere.

Teacher Kenna Sandberg attended the National Convention along with the thirteen students who participated. Sandberg says “Overall, National Convention was a ton of fun and the kids absolutely enjoyed it. They attended sessions and got to enjoy a little free time as well.” On Oct. 28 they went sightseeing in downtown Indianapolis where they went to the zoo and the Indy 500 speedway. While at the speedway they kissed the bricks which is a tradition at the speedway. The tradition was started when NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett and crew chief Todd Parrot went out after Jarrett won the brick way 400 and kneeled down to kiss the bricks to pay tribute to the fabled history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Senior Makenzie Camacho posing with her pins.

While at Nationals senior Mackenzie Camacho competed in the Agriscience proficiency plant systems competition. She competed with her past and most recent agriscience projects for the agriscience proficiency award. Senior Mackenzie Camacho says “that it felt really good and was rewarding to win at Nationals”.

Overall Minarets FFA saw many amazing sights, competed in many competitions at the convention and had a great time while in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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