Prep school students attend national FFA convention
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.