BY BARBARA ANNE GREENE
Members of the Paintrock FFA traveled to Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention Oct. 25-28.
FFA advisor Ashley Spatz said the group attended workshops, visited a career fair and managed to get in some fun along the way, attending a Rascal Flatts concert, haunted house and visiting Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We also visited the National FFA Center, took a look at the history of the FFA, and attended the final session of the convention where we were able to see new officers elected,” Spatz said.
At the racetrack where the Indianapolis 500 is held, the students continued the tradition of kissing “the yard of bricks.”
Spatz said the kissing is a tradition for the winners for the Indy 500.
Greybull High School Student Ky Sorensen competed in the Agriscience Fair in plant systems.
“While (Sorensen) didn’t place in the top three, she represented Paintrock FFA well and had a stellar science fair project,” Spatz said.
Paintrock officers attended because the chapter was a Two Star National Chapter.
They included Sterling Foss, Jessa Jochems, Jordan Jochems, Emma Mercer, Scotty Flitner and Ryan Vigil.
“The officers were also recognized for being a two-star chapter, which I think shows a tremendous amount of effort on their part to not only be a well-rounded chapter, but to also put in the work on the application to do so well on the national level,” Spatz said, adding, “Honestly, as a first year advisor it was a little daunting having to take seven students to nationals, but these kids are so great and respectful that they made it easy on me. I don’t know how many times in Indianapolis that we heard FFA members are some of the most respectful kids the city has seen. I think that speaks great volumes as to what the organization teaches our students, and I’m proud to be the advisor of these kids in Greybull and Basin.”