Kentucky FFA had a high level of representation at the 92nd annual National FFA Convention, held Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Indianapolis. An all-time record 69,944 FFA members, advisers and guests attended the convention, which is the largest youth organization gathering in the United States.
Wayd Wood of McCracken County was among the top 15 in the National FFA Talent Show, and Lily P'Pool of Trigg County placed fourth in the creed speaking leadership development event (LDE). P'Pool made it through three rounds of competition, which included reciting the creed and answering questions in front of a panel of judges.
Four Kentucky FFA members -- including Hunter Jackson of Lyon County -- were selected as national proficiency award finalists in their respective areas, meaning they were in the top four nationally. Jackson's area was specialty crop production.
Proficiency awards are based on a written application detailing the student's accomplishments and learning related to his or her supervised agricultural experience program. National finalists complete an in-depth interview with industry leaders as part of the selection process.
Other teams and individuals from this area competing in national career development and leadership development events included the Graves County team, which took gold in poultry, and Conner Holmes of Marshall County, who won bronze in employment skills.
The American FFA Degree was awarded to 115 Kentucky FFA members. This honor is the highest award the organization can bestow on a member.
Sixteen Kentucky FFA chapters were recognized in the National Chapter Award Program, including Graves County, which was recognized as a national three-star chapter. Caldwell County was recognized as a national two-star chapter.
Avery Miller of McCracken County was one of three FFA members to represent Kentucky in the National FFA Band.
For a complete listing of national convention winners, visit FFA.org.