The 84th Wisconsin State FFA Convention kicks-off at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison today. Organizers say a record attendance is expected at this year's event. More than 3,000 students, supporters and guests will be focusing on the theme – "See the Vision, Live the Mission."
The convention will start with a reflections program tonight, followed by contests, general sessions and entertainment throughout the week. Interested participants will have the chance to take agricultural tours in the Madison area or volunteer their time doing community service projects during the FFA Day of Service. Students will once again have the opportunity to visit the state capitol to talk with legislators about issues impacting agricultural education.
In the convention hall, attendees will see an address by National FFA Vice President Lindsey Anderson of California. Other motivational speakers include youth speakers Kyle Steele and Grant Steel.
"Students enrolled in agricultural education in Wisconsin schools have a fantastic opportunity for leadership and career development through FFA membership," says State FFA Director Cheryl Zimmerman. "The Wisconsin FFA Convention is our opportunity to recognize the importance of the agricultural education and the achievement of young people who are the future leaders of the agriculture industry."
Meanwhile, many FFA chapters will be volunteering their time to help with this year's state service project. Over 70,000 meals will be assembled and distributed to the Second Harvest Food Bank through the Rally to Fight Hunger. "We are excited to kick off our convention with Wisconsin FFA's first Rally to Fight Hunger," said Kayla Hack, Wisconsin FFA State President. "Many chapters and alumni have raised over $10,000 to meet the program's goal."
The convention ends Thursday, June 13 with the naming of the new State FFA president and National Chapter Award winner.
Source: Wisconsin FFA