"0000000-ROP-29983-CoastalF&R – Page 1 – Composite3425464-ROP-29981-TractorStore – Page 1 – Composite0000000-ROP-29985-ORBeefCouncil – Page 1 – Composite8777665-ROP-29980-Stutzman – Page 1 – Composite3931819-ROP-29974-Riverbrook – Page 1 – Composite7692205-ROP-29979-DoerflerFarms – Page 1 – Composite8826789-ROP-29971-LearningToDo – Page 1 – CompositeIndianapolis, Ind. G October 25-28 the Washington FFA state officers, along with more than 350 other Washington FFA members, advisors and parents, traveled to Indianapolis for the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo. The primary reason the state officers attended the National FFA Convention was to conduct the official business of the organization through the national student delegate process. All six state officers as well as two selected Washington FFA members, Ali Hennigar (Colton FFA) and Sadie Aronson (White River FFA), served as official delegates for the Washington FFA Association. Each of the delegates served on a committee to help better the organization. These committees included discussion for an Agriculture Education Career Development Event, review of the student delegate process, communication between National FFA and the members, options to get the American FFA degree through an Unpaid Supervised Agricultural Experience, accommodating students with special needs, and chapter member programs.They met in their committee meetings daily and then brought the committee thoughts to the delegate body to be voted on. The Washington delegates also participated in the National FFA Day of Service and helped pack thousands of pounds of food for the Gleaners Foodbank.During National Convention Washington FFA was also well represented in Career and Leadership Development events. Cashmere FFA were the National Champions in the Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences CDE. Gerrit VanWeerdhuizen and Curt DeHaan, both agricultural educators in Washington, received the Honorary American FFA Degree for their work and service to FFA.Washington FFA also had a finalist, Goldendale FFA, in the National Chapter Model of Excellence award area which evaluates the comprehensiveness of chapters across the nation. Another highlight for Washington FFA during the National FFA Convention was the opportunity for the state officers and many of the Washington FFA members to meet Julie Smiley-Foster, a former Washington state officer and the first female National FFA officer. Julie joined in the state photo and took time to visit with members, who were thrilled to meet WashingtonGs iconic past National Officer.After National FFA Convention, the state officer team made their way back to Washington and jumped right back into chapter visits and shared their experiences with members as well as catch up with some members they saw in Indiana. Overall, it was a fun-filled week meeting members from across the nation and sharing about our great state of Washington.Washington FFA at National FFA ConventionBy Kelci ScharffWashington FFA State ReporterThe Washington FFA contingent at the FFA National Convention and Expo in Indianapolis. From left are Matt Rounsley, state sentinel; Kelci Scharff, state reporter; Ali Hennigar, state delegate; Sydney Klaveano, state treasurer; Sadie Aronson, state delegate; Taylor Enns, state secretary; Mollee Gray, state vice president; and Seth Smith, state president. (Photo by Dennis Wallace)Agricultural educator Gerrit VanWeerdhuizen receives the Honorary American FFA Degree from National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris for his work and service to FFA. (Photo courtesy of FFA)Agricultural educator Curt DeHaan receives the Honorary American FFA Degree from National FFA President David Townsend for his work and service to FFA.(Photo courtesy of FFA)Washington FFA officers meet with Julie Smiley-Foster, a former Washington state officer and the first female National FFA officer, at the organizationGs national convention. From left are Seth Smith, state president; Sydney Klaveano, state treasurer; Mollee Gray, state vice president; Smiley-Foster; Kelci Scharff, state reporter; Taylor Enns, state secretary; and Matt Rounsley, state sentinel. (Photo by Abbie DeMeerleer)50-1/HOU8826789-ROP-29969-HouseFFA – Page 1 – Composite"