Enterprise FFA chapter members attends national convention

Enterprise chapter member attending the National FFA Convention are, left to right: back, Brady Norman, Mychal Butterfield, Chad Conrad, Casey Chitwood, Tim Gilbert (America FFA Degree recipient); front: Jake Maasdam, Victoria Gibson, Liane Maasdam, Rachel Schaefer and Matt Exon. Submitted photo

Nine members of the Enterprise FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 27-30.

They included Brady Norman, Liane Maasdam, Jake Maadam, Casey Chitwood, Matt Exon, Victoria Gibson, Rachel Schaefer, Chad Conrad and Mychal Butterfield.

The students were accompanied by advisor Stephanie Schofield and chaperones Jay McFetridge and Kane Maasdam.

A highlight for the chapter was watching Tim Gilbert, a 2002 graduate of EHS and an extremely active member of the chapter, receive FFA's top award, the American FFA Degree, at the convention.

Gilbert, who is now attending Blue Mountain Community College, was joined by his father, Tim Gilbert Sr., at the event.

Enterprise students attended a wide variety of activities and leadership sessions throughout the course of the weekend.

Among other sights they had a chance to tour a Toyota manufacturing plant with over 700 acres of floor space under roof, which constructs 2,200 cars a day from scratch.

The chapter also visited many other sights throughout Kentucky and Nashville, including, Churchill Downs, Monmouth Caves, The Grande Ole Opry Hotel, the Louisville Slugger Factory and the Kentucky Horse Park.

At the convention itself students listened to motivational speakers such as Joe Thiesman and Dave Roever (an injured veteran of the Vietnam War). A career show of more than 2,000 booths was also a part of the convention.

"We are thankful for the opportunity to make this trip each year," said chapter advisor Stephanie Schofield. "Students motivated and excited. There is so much enthusiasm and excitement at the convention that each student comes away with an experience they won't forget."

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