The 85th annual state convention of the Utah FFA Association was hosted last week at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
More than 1,700 members from around the state participated in the three-day event, including members from Richfield, South Sevier, North Sevier and Wayne high schools.
“I thought it went really well,” said McKay Jenson, FFA adviser at Richfield High School. “It was actually the largest attended one we’ve had in the last 20 years, maybe even ever.”
This was the second consecutive year the event has been hosted in Richfield.
“It’s a plus for the community, and having it come back shows how well people felt they were treated last year,” Jenson said. “It’ll probably be back in the future, I can’t say when for sure, but I hope the community can rally around it and keep it coming back for years to come.”
The convention, which went by the theme No Fear, No Fences, All In, included general sessions with key-note addresses from state officers and special guests,
competitions, workshops, award presentations and scholar-ship opportunities.
Students participated in several other activities, including a service project to sand, paint and bag toy blocks to be sent to children in Zimbabwe Thursday afternoon at the Sevier County Fairgrounds, and recipients of state FFA degrees were treated to an invitation only luncheon with family members Friday afternoon at the SVC.
According to Jenson, some $5,000 to $6,000 was presented in cash awards and scholarships to students during the convention.
“This is topnotch kids that come to receive awards and recognition,” Jenson said.
The national FFA organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of approximately 541,000 student members. The FFA changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.
The group’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The FFA operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States.