Race horses, rodeos and a country concert help Otsego ‘Go all out’ at national convention

"Go All Out" was the theme for the 2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville. Eight Otsego FFA
members were in attendance. The Otsego FFA members attended along with members from Anthony Wayne FFA,
Genoa FFA, Oak Harbor FFA, Woodmore FFA and Penta FFA Chapters. All of these chapters are FFA programs
through Penta Career Center.
Members who attended were Caroline Battin, Haili Brooks, Sara Caris, Justen Garmenn, Marissa Garrett,
Ryan Lashaway, Grayce Vollmar, and Mackenzie Wenig. The chapter was awarded with the 3 Star National
Chapter Award at the second convention session on Oct. 2. Caris and Battin accepted the award on behalf
of the chapter. (See the related story on page 5.)
While at convention members attended convention sessions, the career show, and the FFA shopping mall.
Members were able to learn about leadership skills, careers, college opportunities, and goal setting.

On the way to Louisville, members toured the Universal Lettering Corporation, where all of the Official
FFA Jackets are made and lettered. Members also toured the Louisville Slugger factory where the
Louisville Slugger bats are made. In Lexington, KY members toured the Thoroughbred Center, which is home
to 1,200 thoroughbred race horses. This thoroughbred training facility is where people can board their
races horses.
Graduate members Drew Baus and Bill Potter were awarded the FFA AMerican degrees.
Members were able to learn from a horse trainer about the ins and outs of the science of training a race
horse, the breeding aspect of racing, race horse nutrition and about the costs associated with owning a
race horse. Members had had an opportunity to attend a country concert and take in a rodeo.