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Prep school students attend national FFA convention

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​North ​East ​Carolina ​Prep ​School graduate Mikayla ​Thompson and a group of prep school students recently attended the National ​FFA ​Convention ​in ​Indianapolis, Ind.

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From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mikayla ​Thompson, ​a 2017 ​graduate ​of ​North ​East ​Carolina ​Prep ​School, ​recently competed ​in ​the ​National ​FFA ​Agriscience ​Fair. ​

Thompson ​placed ​third ​in ​the ​nation ​for her ​project ​on ​aerial ​spray ​drift ​in ​the ​Power, ​Structural ​and ​Technical ​Systems Division. ​She ​spent ​many ​hours ​conducting ​her ​experiment, ​compiling ​her ​research ​and presenting ​her ​findings ​to ​national ​judges.

Thompson ​was ​successful ​at ​the ​state ​level ​before ​moving ​on ​to ​the ​National ​Fair.

Participants ​received ​ribbons ​along ​with ​their ​medals ​and ​were ​honored ​at ​a ​banquet ​at the National ​FFA ​Convention ​in ​Indianapolis, Ind.

Other students ​from ​North ​East ​Carolina ​Prep ​School ​joined ​Thompson ​at ​the ​90th ​National FFA ​Convention, ​where ​they ​attended ​workshops ​designed ​to ​promote ​vharacter, leadership, professional growth ​and ​communication.

Participants ​also ​visited ​a ​career ​show, ​which ​hosted ​more ​than ​500 ​booths ​from ​a variety ​of ​colleges, ​agricultural ​related ​companies, ​fundraising ​rganizations, ​U.S.Armed ​Services ​and ​auto ​and ​truck ​manufacturers.

Themed ​"I ​Can, ​We ​Will," ​the ​National ​FFA ​Convention ​welcomed ​a ​record-​breaking number ​of ​members ​to ​Indianapolis. ​NECP ​participants ​were ​amazed ​at ​wonderful keynote ​speakers, ​including ​Laila ​Ali, ​professional ​boxer ​and ​daughter ​of ​legendary champion ​boxer ​Muhammad ​Ali. ​​Also ​speaking ​to ​the ​members ​were U.​S. ​Secretary ​of ​Agriculture ​Sonny ​Perdue ​and ​U.​S. ​Secretary ​of ​Education ​BetsyDeVos ​also ​made ​a ​special ​guest ​appearance.

“It ​was ​amazing. ​It's ​an ​experience ​every ​FFA ​member ​should ​have ​at ​least ​once ​in their ​lifetime,” ​NECP ​member ​Georgianna ​Whitehurst ​said ​about ​their ​trip ​to ​the ​FFA National ​Convention.

The ​National ​FFA ​Organization, ​formerly ​known ​as ​the ​Future ​Farmers ​of ​America, ​is the ​largest ​national ​youth ​organization ​of ​in ​the ​world — ​all ​preparing ​for ​leadership ​and careers ​in ​the ​science, ​business ​and ​technology ​of ​agriculture — ​including ​FFA ​chapters in ​all ​50 ​states, ​Puerto ​Rico ​and ​the ​Virgin ​Islands.

The ​National ​FFA ​Organization ​changed ​to ​its ​present ​name ​in ​1988, ​in ​recognition ​of the ​growth ​and ​diversity ​of ​agriculture ​and ​agricultural ​education. ​The ​FFA’s ​mission ​is ​to make ​a ​positive ​difference ​in ​the ​lives ​of ​students ​by ​developing ​their ​potential ​for premier ​leadership, ​personal ​growth ​and ​career ​success ​through ​agricultural ​education.

Visit ​​www.ffa.org ​for ​more ​information.

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