Local students competing at 96th National FFA Convention this week

Indiana has 100 students from across the state competing at the National FFA Convention next week in a variety of career and leadership development events. The convention began today and continues through Saturday in Indianapolis.

“I am incredibly proud of these hardworking students,” said Lt. Gov. Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Being able to showcase their talents and skills at the 96thNational FFA Convention right here in their home state is extraordinary and I know they will make our Hoosier hearts proud.”

Students will be competing in career leadership events such as Environment and Natural Resources, Forestry, Veterinary Science and Floriculture. Others will be competing in leadership development events such as Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Agricultural Issues Forum and Creed Speaking.

“I know how stressful these events can be and how much preparation goes into making it to the national level- I am so proud of each of these students,” said Don Lamb, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director. “I also want to highlight each FFA advisor, mentor and parent that helped these students along the way; I also know how hard you work as well and how much you deeply care for these students, thank you.”

The following Whitley County students will be competing at the 96th National FFA Convention:

Columbia City FFA
Sarah Landers, Floriculture
Makenzie Hoskins, Floriculture
Caden Poling, Floriculture
Carly Linnemeier, Floriculture
Karaline Schuman, Creed Speaking

Whitko FFA
Carle Sroufe, Meats Evaluation & Technology
Amy Brown, Meats Evaluation & Technology
Hannah Thomas, Meats Evaluation & Technology
Jordyn Leininger, Meats Evaluation & Technology