Nine Students Represent Harrells Christian Academy at FFA National Convention
Over 59,000 high school students from all over the country have travelled to Indiana for the 90th National Convention of Future Farmers of America, and nine Harrells Christian Academy Crusaders are excited to be among that number.
The FFA of Harrells Christian Academy sent seniors Cameron Phillips of Warsaw, Noah Warrick of Rose Hill, and Dylan Sessoms of Rose Hill; sophomores Gracy Peterson of Garland, Mary Lila Blackburn of Wallace, Caleb Lucas of Faison, and Joshua Barber of Wallace/Rose Hill; and freshmen Taylor Lucas of Faison and Rhylee Pope of Clinton to the convention.
HCA Ag teacher Reva Weathington said, “I’m so thankful our students have taken this opportunity to meet with other students from such diverse backgrounds and really apply the conventions theme of ‘I can. We will.’ We have such wonderful leaders in our school, and they’re dedicated to taking leadership to the next level!”
The group enjoyed kicking off their week with a live performance by country music trio Rascal Flatts. Then it was time to get down to business at the Expo, where over 100 vendors with a connection to agriculture set up booths representing colleges, companies with career opportunities in ag, and more. Such a smorgasbord could easily be overwhelming, but Weathington gave her students an organized approach, assigning specific goals and questions to ask that allowed a small group of students to connect with a large number of potential colleges and future jobs. She also helped them choose which of the convention’s many workshops to attend. These informative workshops fell into three broad categories: Ag Literacy, Leadership Style, and Parliamentary Procedures.
On Thursday evening, Harrells students were inspired by Thursday’s keynote speaker, Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali, who spoke about the need for perseverance, motivation, and self-confidence in life, and offered advice about how to pursue and achieve those qualities.