Throughout all of September and early October, the Indiana state officer team traveled over 6,000 miles across the state of Indiana. We visited nearly 50 chapters and attended all 12 District Kick Offs. This experience was one like no other. I was one of the seven state officers who split up duties to cover Indiana. I am the 2015-16 state northern region vice president.
We visited schools with graduating classes ranging from 36 to 500, all in the same day! We experienced southeastern Indiana's hills and hollers but a few days later were roaming the profitable prairies of the region.
We climbed to the highest point in Indiana, in Wayne County, when days earlier we saw the lowest point, where the Wabash and Ohio Rivers meet in Posey County. We have touched nearly two-thirds of the counties our state has to offer during our adventure, experiencing everything from corn harvest to pumpkin picking.
After this 6,000 mile, three-week journey, we have truly experienced our Indiana home. Not only have we experienced the Hoosier land's awesome beauty, but we have found it is the place of the future. That future was found in the face of every FFA member we met, classroom we walked into, and Kick-Off we worked. It took us from starting at Mount Vernon and going all the way to Angola to discover exactly what we are fighting for at National Convention, scheduled later this month in Louisville, Ky.
We are fighting for the future of FFA and agriculture in Indiana. As delegates for the Indiana FFA Association, we will represent the members past, present, and future in order to ensure the strength of the National FFA Organization, and the entirety of agriculture remains alive and vibrant, throughout our nation, and right here in our Indiana home.
Roberts hails from Columbia City, and writes from Trafalgar