Without conventions, FFA chapters find different ways to honor members

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues across the United States, many FFA chapters have been unable to meet and many state conventions planned for the spring needed to be adjusted.

Last week, Ohio FFA had a celebration featuring prerecorded video events including addresses from retiring officers and state degree recognitions.

“We didn’t want it to feel like we’re trying to make a convention out of something that’s just not,” said Holly McClay, Ohio FFA President. “But we still want to celebrate our members.”

Similarly, in Kansas, the officer team decided to conduct its convention on Facebook Live.

“We’re just trying to make the experience as cool and energetic as possible,” Elizabeth Wright, Kansas FFA secretary, said. “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.”

In California, they are looking at their convention like a TV show. Beginning in June, sessions will be filmed on a soundstage and shown on Facebook Live.

“People can view that at will this summer,” Assistant Advisor Dane White said. “But we also know that there’s a chance that teachers could really benefit from using that in their classrooms.”

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