Sixteen members of the Decorah FFA chapter recently attended the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
Attendees included Micayla Christopher, Kelsey Hovden, Tyler Lundtvedt, Miranda Schnitzler, Dalton Anderson, Adam Knight, Daiton Tietz, Bailey Vickerman, Rachel Masek, Madison McCabe, Garret Hemesath, Cole Horgen, Kenzie Hovden, Daria Lundtvedt, Ashley Schwartzhoff and Shelby White, along with FFA advisor Rick Twedt and student teacher Leah Henkes.
The Decorah FFA group joined more than 50,000 FFA members that attended the convention, from across the U.S.
FFA members toured the Carley Elk Farm and the Indianapolis Speedway. Later that day, they attended a session at the National FFA Convention, where they heard Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton speak. Following the session, the members were entertained at a concert by the Band Perry and Brantley Gilbert, at the Lucas Oil Stadium.
FFA members participated in packaging food packs for the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger. The goal was to prepare over a million food packs. Next, the members explored the career show, which consisted of over 1,300 booths that represented colleges and agricultural-related companies nationwide. From there, the members toured the Indiana War Museum. Rounding out the day, the members stopped at the Incredible Pizza Factory Theme Park, where they enjoyed go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, an arcade and a full pizza buffet.
The members also attended a session at the National FFA Convention, where they heard NBA player Walter Bond speak. On the way home, members enjoyed a tour of the Keystone Steel and Wire Factory and the Caterpillar Visitor Tour in Peoria, Ill.
Danielle Fulsaas, a 2011 Decorah High School graduate and member of the Decorah FFA, received the prestigious American FFA Degree.
She is the 12th member in the history of the Decorah FFA to receive the American Degree. She is currently attending Stephen's College in Columbia, Mo.
She is the daughter of Jerome and Jannelle Fulsaas.