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Sonoma FFA students attend country’s largest youth convention

LORNA SHERIDAN,

Sonoma Valley High School’s FFA club sent a dozen members – all girls this year – to the National FFA Convention and Expo last week.

According to club advisor Felicia Rush, the conference had a record-breaking attendance this year with more 67,000 registered members and guests in attendence.

The FFA Convention is known as the largest youth convention in the country, with members from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands represented.

Sonoma students attended sessions with motivational speakers such as Laila Ali (Muhammad Ali’s daughter), career and leadership workshops, as well as a large college and career expo with representatives from hundreds of companies and colleges from all over the country.

On Friday, the SVHS group toured Hunter’s Honey Farm, Anderson Orchards, Vine & Branch Arborists and Salisbury Brother Landscaping.

Saturday morning, the group toured Purdue University and explored its agriculture program.

The Convention ended with a final session Saturday afternoon where California’s representative for National FFA office was elected as the National FFA President. Breanna Holbert from Tokay FFA was the first African-American female to be elected to president.

At the conclusion of the convention the Sonoma students loaded onto buses with chapters from all over California to travel to Washington, D.C. to spend two days touring D.C. sights as well as Mount Vernon and George Washington’s estate.