Ballard FFA will showcase their national-qualifying Agricultural Communications and Marketing Plan Career Development Event (CDE) teams on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the agricultural education room at the high school. The event is open to the public.


Ballard FFA has two teams that qualified for the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in April. The teams began working on their plans in March for state competition, and picked the plans up again in August to start revamping for nationals. As convention nears, practices are becoming more frequent.


“We practice four times a week,” said senior Jim Chism, who is a member of the marketing plan team. “On top of practices together, we also put in time in our own.”


There are multiple different benefits to practicing this much. Practicing equals perfection to the students participating at National Convention.


“We will have been working on this for about six months by the time we present, which is pretty cool. Our hard work and dedication will pay off.” said Chism.


The showcase will provide multiple benefits for the teams.


“It provides a professional atmosphere, which will help teams practice in front of a live audience,” said Chism. “In addition, it will allow us to get feedback from people,” says Chism.


Nerves at state kept teams on their toes. But having so many practices in front of different audiences will help control the nerves in Indianapolis, while allowing the community an opportunity to see what FFA members are doing.


“We want the community to be a part of our journey and have an understanding of what we’re doing at nationals,” said Chism. “We want them to be a part of it.”