Sevastopol FFA Takes on National Convention in Indianapolis


Adela Kellan, Kapri Gill, Lilly Sawyer, Megan Lautenbach, Ruth Wilke, and Dale Carlson

The Sevastopol FFA attended the 2022 National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana Oct. 26-29. Mutliple members attended including Kapri Gill, Megan Lautenbach, Adela Kellan, Ruth Wilke, and Lilly Sawyer.

The national convention’s goal is to be a meeting place for schools across the country to compete in judged competitions. It is also a place for FFA members, no matter their status, to grow their leadership and influencer skills.

Highlights of the convention included a career fair, business sessions, motivational speakers, a trip to the Indianapolis Speedway that was unfortunately cut short due to some car testing on the track, a trip to the zoo, and a meet and greet with multiple famous influencers across social media. The attendees normally go to a concert, but tickets were sold out this year.

On top of the fun events and the memories, the skills that attendees take home with them are also just as valuable.

“The biggest thing about the National Convention in the career show,” Dale Carlson, Sevastopol Agriculture teacher and FFA adviser, said. “There is nobody that can match it. There are over 1,300 vendors and colleges that kids can meet and talk too. They also get to see how other kids take pride in their school and in their chapter. The kids bring these skills back to their school and now have a sense of pride that they belong to something more than just what Sevastopol can offer.”

For Senior FFA President Gill, the National Convention proves the point of pride that fills the minds of other young adults who attend as well.

“I learned more about leadership and overall how to be a good leader at National Convention,” Gill said. “I also learned about ways to keep agriculture alive for future generations, which I think is really important. It feels good that I am able to be a part of something bigger than myself.”