Jordan Newman, a 10th grade Future Farmers of America (FFA) member at Cumberland High School, competed at the National Agriscience Fair at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, from October 25 -28, 2017. Jordan's project was "Does the Sex of the Lamb Affect the Weekly Weight Gain from Week 1 Until Weaning?" He competed in the Animal Systems, Division 3 category. There were 32 entries in his division from across the United States. Jordan was awarded 10th place overall with a silver rating. Participants in the National Agriscience Fair were recognized at a luncheon.
Over 63,000 members and guests attended the National Convention this year. During the convention, in addition to competing, FFA members participated in workshops, leadership development activities, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet FFA members from across the United States. Jordan met FFA members from as far away as Alaska, California, and Puerto Rico. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with representatives from Agriculture colleges from across the country and visit at the trade Expo. Jordan said that he enjoyed the competition and that he was already thinking about a project for next year, since he definitely wanted to earn a trip back to the National Convention.
He was accompanied on the trip by Alex Parker, a 9th grade FFA member. The boys participated in convention sessions held at the Bankers Life Field House (home of the
Indiana Pacers), attended a Rascal Flatts concert at Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts), attended workshops, and visited the Expo showcasing many, many agriculture related companies and colleges. They also visited the NCAA Hall of Champions, which is near theconvention center.
Jordan Newman displays his board at the FFA National Convention.
Alex Parker and Jordan Newman proudly display their FFA jackets at the National Convention.
Jordan Newman stands with Mr. Henry Paris, retired agriculture instructor and volunteer with the Cumberland FFA.