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'Illuminate' for Minnesota FFA
Minnesota Ag Connection - 05/21/2020

Nearly 10,000 FFA members; 35,000 students enrolled in agriculture, food and natural resource systems; and guests were invited to gather virtually for the 91st Minnesota FFA Convention.

Seventeen FFA members completed interviews to serve as state officers for the Minnesota FFA during the 2020-2021 year. The six-member team will be announced virtually during the final session at 3:45 p.m. May 21.

Forty interactive student workshops and virtual tours will be held throughout the three-day virtual convention via Zoom and Google Meet.

The convention officially began with the Good Morning Minnesota Micro Morning Show at 8 a.m. on the Minnesota FFA Association YouTube page followed by 8:30 a.m. recognition of the Animal Systems Proficiency and Agriscience Awards and 9:15 a.m. recognition of the Environmental-Natural Resources Systems Proficiency and Agriscience Awards. Proficiency and AgriScience Award recipient news releases can be found at mnffa.org/press-releases.

Minnesota FFA State Sentinel Savannah Aanerud delivered her retiring address "The Courageous Choice" at Noon and spoke about the courage included in repeatedly choosing to try.

"Our journey is not meant to be run alone. It means extending our hand backwards and bringing up those who are struggling to take a step forward. It is extending our hand forward to accept the guidance and direction from our mentors," said Aanerud. "Just like running a relay race passing the baton to the next runner, so too in life, we are to pass on the torch-to ILLUMINATE guidance and direction through the hidden obstacles in life's deepest valleys. It is using this torch, to light the torches of those around us, and helping others live up to their potential."

Minnesota FFA State Reporter Britton Fuglseth presented her retiring address, "The Art of Chaos," during the 4:45 p.m. session and spoke about the importance of seeing beauty in even the most challenging circumstances.

"The chaos we encounter in our lives gives us the potential to realize the beauty we also have," said Fuglseth. "If we are intentional about changing our outlook on the negative things that happen to us, we can find that there is truly beauty in the messes of life."

At the 3:15 p.m. session chapter recognition was given for the following:

Land of Service

First -- the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture

Second -- Brainerd

Third -- Winona

Agricultural Literacy sponsored by Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom

First place reaching 8,345 people -- Forest Lake

Second -- Sleepy Eye

Third -- Staples-Motley

Models of Innovation

Overall Winner and Growing Leaders Category: Roll'n for Landon - South Central AgriScience Academy

Building Communities Category: Adopt a Senior Citizen Program - Sleepy Eye

Strengthening Agriculture Category: Corn Feed - Staples Motley

Chapter Charters: Ellsworth, Janesville Waldorf Pemberton, Mankato, Pillager and ROCORI

The 2019-2020 Minnesota FFA state officer team began the session with a reflections presentation encompassing their theme, "Illuminate."

"Just as a sunrise begins to shed light on the potential for growth and learning in the day ahead, we too have the opportunity, through FFA, to ILLUMINATE the skills, talents and abilities we possess and discover the place we hold in this world," said Elaine Dorn, Minnesota FFA state secretary. "We get to choose how we will ILLUMINATE the lives of those around us and the future of agriculture."

Visit mnffa.org/ for more details about the 91st Minnesota FFA Convention. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or watch the virtual award ceremonies on the Convention App at event.crowdcompass.com/mnffa2020 on desktop, or by searching Minnesota FFA on the Crowd Compass Attendee Hub app on mobile devices.

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