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Convention, Community Service Keep Escalon FFA Busy
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Traveling to Indianapolis, Indiana recently, 10 members of the Escalon FFA had the opportunity to attend the 2022 National FFA Convention. Photo Contributed

Ten members of the Escalon FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2022 National FFA Convention. We went on many tours including the Churchill Downs where we learned about jockeys and everything horse racing, Indiana Speedway where we learned about the race track and all the race cars throughout the years, Louisville Slugger where we got to watch them make the pro baseball bats, and Harvest Moon Farm where we got to milk a cow and look at all the machines they use to make yogurt right at the dairy.

Going to the National Convention includes a lot of great things like sessions and watching our very own Alyssa Salcedo, Jilleen Sanders, and Emma Bracco get their American degree, the huge expo, lots of shops, the FFA store, and an awesome rodeo. Mckenzie Mendes got a great opportunity to serve as a national delegate.

“During the National Convention, I was selected to be a national delegate along with 34 other California delegates from all over the state with the California FFA Association. This was such a rewarding experience, as we finalized recommendations on six committees’ topics that would better our organization and membership,” said Mendes. “We voted as a delegate body, with members from all across the nation, then would be sent to the National FFA Board of Directors to overview. I loved meeting new people and learning so much about the ways we can give back to our fellow members.”

On Thursday, Nov.10 Escalon FFA hosted a drive through BBQ fundraiser. Meals were prepared by Mr. Saephan and his hospitality committee along with a couple generous volunteers. We sold 126 family and 56 single meals to the many people who wanted to support our chapter. Lastly over this last month we have been collecting canned foods, boxed foods, turkey, and ham to put together for 15 families in our community to be able to have a nice Thanksgiving meal and many meals over the holiday season.