Melcher-Dallas FFA enjoys National Convention

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Kasyn Reed, Grace DeHeer, Noah Offenburger, Curtis Clark, Bailey Johnson, Kenzie Gibson, BrieAnna Remster, Randi Beaty and Braydn Greubel were the Melcher-Dallas students who took part in the FFA National Convention. (photo courtesy of Carrie Putz)

Members of the Melcher-Dallas FFA Chapter traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., for the National Convention recently.

Curtis Clark and Noah Offenburger, both farmers, had made the trip once before. The chapter’s other spokesperson for this story, Grace DeHeer, was on her first trip.

One of the highlights for these three, as well as most other FFA members in Marion County, was spending time with friends and meeting new people. Clark especially enjoyed seeing the new farm equipment.

Offenburger enjoyed the more mechanical aspects of the convention floor, as he plans to become a mechanic. DeHeer is exploring a career in engineering after high school.

Melcher-Dallas FFA members traveled to the convention with Pleasantville, North Polk and Chariton. All four groups also chose to attend the World’s Toughest Rodeo while at the convention.

This was the first year the convention was held inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Offenburger said he learned that Johnson Machine Works in Chariton built the rafters for the home of the Indianapolis Colts.

Melcher-Dallas attends the convention every two years. Offenburger and Clark will have graduated by the time the chapter returns, but DeHeer said she would be very happy to go back. Advisor Carrie Putz said the decision to go every two years enables her to take more students to the convention.