Spring Valley-Wykoff delegates Melinda Woods, Shelby Erding, Hannah Frank, Dane Gillespie, Valerie Earley, Shelby Larson and Mary Moenning.
Spring Valley-Wykoff delegates Melinda Woods, Shelby Erding, Hannah Frank, Dane Gillespie, Valerie Earley, Shelby Larson and Mary Moenning.
Seven Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA members attended the FFA national convention on Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky.

They had the opportunity to attend general sessions at the national FFA convention. Speakers such as basketball coach Rick Pitino and National FFA President Clay Sapp spoke to the crowds of members at general sessions. Spring Valley-Wykoff members had the opportunity to go on several tours including, cave, zip lining, Louisville Zoo and Grater's ice cream.

There are over 570,000 FFA members nationwide, and of that number, roughly 60,000 were registered for the national convention.

On Oct. 30, Spring Valley-Wykoff and 16,000 other FFA members journeyed to the Louisville KFC Yum! Center for a Dirks Bentley and Jana Kramer concert. Both artists delighted the crowds with their music and sported FFA shirts.

Brianna Musel from the Spring Valley- Wykoff chapter competed in the national job interview career development event (CDE). She received a silver on her competition and 25th place.

"Over all a very good score," said advisor Kristal Brogan. "It was an honor to send someone who qualified to represent our chapter at national convention. We are thankful for our volunteers who support our chapter, including Stephanie Derby, who drove Brianna down and stayed with her during her contest and Richard and Karen Schaufler for chaperoned the delegates.

Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA chapter alumni Regan Zimmer and Melanie Woods also journeyed to the convention to receive their American degrees. The American degree is the highest degree and honor the FFA as an organization can reward outstanding members. It requires over 2,000 hours of work outside of their respective supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project, and investing money back into their SAE. American degree holders also must first be rewarded with the Greenhand, chapter and state degrees. Roughly 3,500 American degrees are awarded annually at national convention. That is about 0.5 percent of all FFA members.