Q: What are you most looking froward to at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo?
Brennan: Experiencing the convention and expo in Louisville, our new home for the event. And I am always a big fan of the laser show.
Lindsey: I am most looking forward to seeing the 2013 proficiency awards presented. It’s fascinating to me to see how extensive all of our members’ supervised agricultural experiences are, and to see them awarded for all of their efforts is tremendously exciting.
Wiley: I am looking forward to taking a picture with someone from every state at the convention and expo.
Kalie: The proficiency awards session. I can’t wait to hear about the creative SAEs students have developed to serve in their communities. There is a ton of energy because the winners are announced live on stage.
Clay: I am really excited about the career development events. As a former national competitor, I know the effort that FFA members across the country have put in, in hopes of bringing home the title.
Joenelle: FFA members make friends from all over the country, so I am looking forward to sharing part of Kentucky’s culture with those who haven’t experienced it before.
Q:When you were 5, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Brennan: I loved to build and draw, so I wanted to be an architect.
Lindsey: I wanted to be a math teacher. I even set up a classroom in our living room and had my little brother come in and be a student, until he got old enough to realize what he was allowing me to do.
Wiley: I wanted to be in the Army and be able to wear camo every day, all day.
Kalie: I wanted to be a teacher. My parents and sister were great students, but they passed a lot of notes during class!
Clay: I wanted to be a hog farmer like my Papa.
Joenelle: Other than a princess and a pirate, I wanted to be a jet fighter pilot for the United States Air Force.
Q: What song makes you want to start dancing, even in public?
Brennan: “Dancing in the Moonlight,” by Toploader.
Wiley: “Baby,” by Justin Bieber. Don’t judge.
Kalie: “Not Ashamed,” by Kristian Stanfill.
Clay: “Jump Around,” by House of Pain.
Joenelle: “Wagon Wheel,” by Old Crow Medicine Show.
Q: You spent a good bit of time in our nation’s capital this summer. What’s your favorite monument in Washington, D.C.?
Brennan: The Iwo Jima Memorial. It’s massive and really makes you think.
Lindsey: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. My hometown gives an award in a Vietnam veteran’s name each year, and every time I see the memorial, I find his name. And the architecture and location are miraculous, yet simple.
Wiley: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The respect shown by people there is amazing and well deserved.
Kalie: The names etched into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are especially powerful to me. When I read a name, I wonder about that individual’s beliefs, family and job. The sacrifice becomes personal.
Clay: The Lincoln Memorial.
Joenelle: The World War II monument because of its tie to each state, the beautiful fountain, the quotes and how each part of the monument has a symbolic purpose.