Clewiston FFA team enjoys visit to Indiana

This October, the Clewiston High School’s FFA officer, team and advisors attended and participated in the 91st national FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27. The team flew from Ft. Myers to Indiana early Monday morning and temporarily traded in hot, sunny Florida weather for the chill of a northern climate.

They kicked off the week of adventure by zip lining at White River Zip Lines. They toured several different Indiana agricultural farms and ranches throughout the week to observe how agricultural operations in other states differ from agricultural operations in Florida. One of the tours included visiting an aquaculture farm where they grow various types of fish such as koi and goldfish, ranging in size from miniature to monstrous, and learned how they ship them all across the United States by mail and ground transportation.

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Clewiston High School’s FFA team includes (from left to right) Olivia Williams, Marco Sanchez, Marielena Frenes, Damien Rivera, Caroline Sweet and Mark Faulk.

The team also explored the vast Indiana jungles by visiting the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, where they were able to observe ferocious lions and tigers. During the national convention the group attended several different workshops where it learned how to improve leadership skills and how to relate agricultural subjects to peers. The team also spent much of the day volunteering at a local food bank where they helped package boxes of goods to be distributed to children in schools across the United States. Towards the end of the week, they even had the privilege of attending a Garth Brooks concert.

Marielena Frenes wore her blue corduroy FFA jacket for the last time as she received her American degree, which is the highest award bestowed by the national FFA organization to its members. All in all, the chapter officers and advisors are very thankful for this opportunity to learn about not only the national FFA family, but also for being able to experience so many opportunities to learn as a team.

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