The Manvel FFA Chapter, in Manvel, Texas competed in the National Hall of States competition at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 20-23, 2010. The students wanted to attend the national convention, so Mr. New, one of the Manvel FFA Advisors, suggested the Hall of States competition. The students liked the idea of competing for the Hall of States, so they decided to go for it.
They came up with a plan, designed a "mock" display and presented the proposal to the Texas FFA Association for consideration. Once the Texas FFA Association's panel decided Manvel to be the winner, they sent out the notification in May, and construction began for the display at the state convention in July.
In order to help defray the costs associated with traveling to the national convention, the students contacted businesses in the local area and held car washes to raise money. In the end, the students raised over $4,000.00, which helped cover all of their registration fees, hotel expenses and paid for all of the supplies needed to construct the booth.
The students also contacted Texas businesses and acquired "Texas" products that they put together into baskets and gave away during the national convention. This allowed them to meet and talk to other students from all over the country, which they enjoyed very much.
The kids worked very hard, day and night, before school, after school and during the summer in order to make sure they represented Texas, Texas FFA, Manvel and Alvin I.S.D. the way they should be represented, and they did one heck of a job! By accomplishing their goal of winning the Hall of States competition, these students have help encouraged others to get involved, and after all that is what FFA is all about!
The Hall of States competition allowed the students to compete in a national competition and come away as winners. Not only did they design and construct the booth, but they had to interview at nationals and answer questions from a panel of judges about the booth's contents, so they had to be prepared. They studied, quizzed each other and researched each topic, so they would know what they were representing.
The National convention was a wonderful experience and winning the Hall of States competition was the icing on the cake! We would encourage other chapters to get involved and represent your chapter and state at next year's Hall of States competition!