On Nov. 2, 11 members and alumni of the Carson Valley FFA returned from Louisville, Kentucky after competing at the National FFA Convention and Expo. Three Career Development Event (CDE) teams competed during their five day trip: Marketing Plan, Veterinary Science, and Horse Evaluation.
All three teams performed at their best and all received team awards. The Marketing Plan – Ashley Cale, Brittany Clark, and Whitney Weaver – received a bronze award. Their plan’s purpose was to promote scholarship packages for one of Carson Valley’s local non-profit organizations, Between Horses and Humans.
The Veterinary Science team, consisting of four Douglas High graduates – Kim Bruner, Kelsey Lalonde, Jessica Martin and Cecilia Morton – received a gold award for their dedication and passion for Veterinary Medicine.
The Horse Evaluation team competed by judging eight classes of horses. The classes ranged from halter classes to performance classes such as Hunter Under Saddle. Each team did exceptionally well competing and every member had an incredible time, not only meeting FFA members from around the United States but also seeing what downtown Louisville has to offer.
A lot of time and dedication goes into preparing for competing at a National level.
To compete at National Convention, every state has its own annual FFA State Convention in which each team must place first in the state.
This first place award qualifies each team to represent the state of Nevada at the national level. The 86th annual FFA National Convention, attended by over 60,000 FFA members from all corners of the U.S as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, is the highest level in which competitions go in the National FFA Organization.
“It is amazing to see so many people who have the same passion as me,” said senior Ashley Cale about her trip to National Convention, “It was a once in a lifetime experience.”