The Rice Lake FFA recently attended the 92nd annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The convention was held Oct. 30-Nov. 3 at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.  

More than 65,000 FFA members, Advisors, parents, and guests attended at convention from all over the country including the territories of Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  

Rice Lake had seven members attend the convention.  They were Madison Campbell, Piper Millerman, Abigail Solum, Connor Jensen, Nevin Pulju, Ryan Kuhrt, and Braiden Richter.      

FFA Chapter advisor Pete Kolpack said, “The National FFA Convention is an unreal experience.  There are many opportunities to learn about careers, leadership opportunities, and volunteer experiences.  

“Students have the chance to attend General Sessions and hear from keynote speakers, visit the career show with hundreds of vendors and colleges from all over the country, go to leadership workshops, and experience many different areas of leadership and agriculture.  

Students were also fortunate to tour three different businesses.  While traveling to Indianapolis, students tour a Wind Farm in Benton County and RDM Shrimp, which is a large indoor aquaculture operation.  Friday morning, we toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the bus drove around the racetrack and throughout the park.”

Kolpack added, “The Rice Lake FFA was extremely proud to have Abigail Solum receive her American Degree.  This is the most prestigious award given out to FFA members.  Less than 1% of members earn this recognition.  Students need to have demonstrated an outstanding SAE (Superised Agricultural Experience) where they have invested immense time and energy into their project, have taken a minimum of six agricultural classes, served their communities, and have been an active leader within the organization.  This is the capstone to an excellent FFA career.”

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