At the National FFA Convention and Expo there is official business that takes place, and two state officers shared that being delegates is a new and exciting experience for them. Sami DeLey of Middletown is the Indiana state FFA president.
“I’ve never seen convention from this side and having discussion with issues that are going on with National FFA and having a voice this year is something I’m really, really looking forward to,” she told HAT. “Then obviously I’m looking forward to catching up with friends from the state officer summit that we met and also making new friendships from people from different states.”
Ohio State FFA Sentinel Mallary Caudill will use her delegate work as yet another FFA learning opportunity.
“As a delegate we have the unique opportunity to actually vote and decide on issues that can affect the organization as a whole, and one of the really neat things is seeing the different perspectives from different states and how different things mean more to them and just their viewpoints on it, and then being able to make history essentially and deciding some of those things for national FFA.”
Indiana’s DeLey has a list of suggestions for FFA students who don’t have a lot of experience at the national convention or may be attending for the first time.
“I would recommend going to the Expo, checking out everything that has to offer,” she said. “There are a lot of colleges set up there, so taking every opportunity that you can. Listen during the sessions and don’t just be there but be present, and then check out the new Blue Room is something that I highly recommend to chapter members attending.”
Past Indiana FFA state president Claire Baney has made the final cut for national office and will learn her fate Saturday afternoon, right around the time President Trump gets set to address the convention. DeLey and her officer team are pulling for the current Purdue student.
“Claire and I are actually very good friends, so I am very excited for her and the entire team is very excited that she made it through. She’s always energetic, always smiling, very enthusiastic about the organization and about people in general. So, I believe she is a very good pick for the team, but we’ll see what happens and we’re definitely rooting for her.”
We all find out during the ninth and final general session Saturday at 1:30 PM Eastern time at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.