Trying their best to show
pride for Ohio FFA members’ achievements
Last week, Ohio FFA held its 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration with prerecorded video events such as retiring officer addresses, proficiency awards and state degree recognitions. Holly McClay, Ohio FFA president, said the choice to call the weeklong event a celebration rather than a convention is intentional.
“We didn’t want it to feel like we’re trying to make a convention out of something that’s just not,” McClay said. “But we still want to celebrate our members.”
For award winners, this year’s experience will not be the same as walking across a stage, McClay said, but she said they are trying their best to show pride for Ohio FFA members’ achievements.
“We’re just trying to make the experience as cool and energetic as possible,” said Elizabeth Wright, Kansas FFA secretary. “The team we’ve been working with on filming everything has been bringing a lot of energy, and we’re trying to make it a one-of-a-kind thing.”
“Our motto is ‘Living to Serve,’” Goins said. “We’ve gotten the really cool opportunity to serve in such a time of need.”
States like Ohio and Kansas have concentrated their digital conventions into the span of a few days, but California FFA is approaching its state convention sessions in modules, like “dropping episodes of a TV show online,” California FFA assistant advisor Dane White said.
California FFA completed its delegate business and state officer elections by convening via Zoom. Then, state officer election results were announced over Facebook Live. For the sessions, White said he anticipates that state officers will begin filming sessions on a soundstage in June; Sacramento County’s shelter-in-place order currently lasts until May 22, so the officers are at their homes.
Adding on to the video modules, White said California FFA is developing curriculum to go along with the modules.
Out of this unusual time, White said reimagining state convention is an opportunity to take a proactive approach to how conventions can evolve in the future.
“My hope is that the California state convention for perpetuity will look better,” White said.
To see how other state FFA associations are handling their conventions, visit the state association webpage on FFA.org and click on a state to visit the association’s website.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to more than 700,000 student members who belong to one of the more than 8,600 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 8 million alumni and supporters throughout the U.S.