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Taylor Foster
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Nevada County FFA members attend national convention

Three members and three alumni of Nevada Union FFA recently embarked on a journey across the country to the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo.

Maxie Holmberg-Douglas, Ellen Van Noy and Taylor Foster traveled to Louisville, Ky., representing California as national delegates. The 10-day trip as delegates entailed little sleep, nine sessions full of keynote speakers, dancing, talent shows, inspiration, delegate meetings, business sessions and national officers.

Each delegate was put on one of six committees with different topics and was charged with the task of developing and debating new ideas for the future of the national organization.

The delegates also participated in the National Days of Service, each spending a day on different sites around Kentucky, serving kids and families around the world. Some delegates participated in the Kids Against Hunger service project, packaging over 17,000 meals for kids.

After the week-long experience, the delegates traveled to Washington, D.C., to tour the city, go to different monuments and museums, and had the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Alumni Kaycee Granholm, Natalie Johnson, and Tayler Figueroa received their American FFA degrees. Seanna Griffis also received the award, but was unable to attend the convention.

The American FFA degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Approximately 3,500 American FFA degrees are handed out each year at the National FFA Convention. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organization's highest honors.

Taylor Foster is a Nevada Union FFA member.