Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Local Student Hits the Right Note

Indianapolis- When the lights are dimmed and hush descends upon an audience of more than 54,000 at the nation’s largest annual student convention this October 22 through October 25, 2008, in Conseco Fieldhouse, Abby McCartney will share the spotlight in a musical performance that will inspire the crowd and provide memories to last a lifetime.
Abby McCartney of the Newark FFA Chapter has been selected to sing soprano in the National FFA Chorus. The student submitted an audition tape and was one of 94 young people selected nationwide to be a member of the prestigious group.
The choir will perform several times at the 81st National Convention, adding excitement and motivation tot eh sessions through their music. National FFA Chorus members were nominated by their state associations and were chosen from a pool of more than 150 applications. The young musicians arrive in Indianapolis three days before convention begins to rehearse.
Patti LaJoye of Hastings, Michigan directs the National FFA Chorus.
The National FFA organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 500, 823 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of the 7358 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agriculture education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Visit for more information.

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