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United Future Farmers of America attend national convention

Pictured are United Future Farmers of America (FFA) members who recently attended the 91st national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., first row, from left, Jacen Howell, Kelly Heffinger, Brooke Hofmeister, McKenzie Walton, Taylor Hippely, Skylar Coopersmith; second row, Molly Sell, Bryan Himes, Megan Drake, Morgan Stamp, Darren Blough, Lauren Hippely and Gabe Snyder. (Submitted photo)

HANOVERTON — United Future Farmers of America (FFA) attended the 91st national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., at the end of October.

Ten chapter members and four American Degree recipients attended. While at the nationals, the United FFA attended four sessions. Receiving their American Degrees at one session were Kelly Heffinger, daughter of Connie and Jeff Heffinger; McKenzie Walton, daughter of Gary Walton and Stephanie Milhoan; Brooke Hofmeister, daughter of Ronald and Vickie Hofmeister; and Austin White, son of Jen Mitchell and Matthew White.

To receive an American Degree, an FFA member must have their state degree, graduated from high school for at least one year, and has to invest or have made over $10,000 into their projects.

In addition, chapter member Megan Drake, daughter of Darlynne and Todd Drake, the chapter’s FFA president, also participated in the national FFA convention talent show and placed in the top 15 out of 200 original acts. She also had the pleasure of singing the National Anthem in front of approximately 18,000 members and guests who attend at Bankers Life Field House.

The FFA chapter also went to Tuttle Orchard where members toured an active beehive and learned about the bee life cycle. Members also learned about grading apples and how apples are pressed into cider. The chapter went to the rodeo at Indiana State Fairgrounds and attended the Garth Brooks concert with neighboring schools of West Branch, Columbiana County Career and Technical Center and Southern Local.

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