Written by Nikyta Engstrom
From October 27th to October 31st, seven students from Hiland attended the 88th National FFA Convention. Early in the morning on October 27th these seven students and Ms. Albright met at Hiland High School to get in a van. From there, they were on their way to Mapleton High School to transfer to a tour bus with five other schools including Mapleton, South Central, Western Reserve, Belvue and Monroeville. The FFA members that attended from Hiland were four seniors, Brandon Raber, David Mast, Javan Schuefler and Nikyta Engstrom; one junior, Ryan Mast; one sophomore, Regina Nisley; and one freshman, Ben Winterbourne.
During those six days the students went to The Wilds, Carter Caves State Resort Park to see the Cascade Cave Tour, a Jake Owens and Maddie & Tae Concert, Schimpff’s Candy Store and Factory, Actors Theatre of Louisville to watch Dracula, Big Muskie’s Bucket and they went on Belle of Louisville for a River Boat Lunch Tour. The Wilds is an exotic animal park, that gave us a tour around the park so that we could see each animal. The animals included the American Bison, the Bactrian Camel, the Bactrian Deer,the Banteng, the Central Chinese Goral, Zebras and many more. At Carter Caves State Resort Park we explored some beautiful caves that we spectacular to see. The Jake Owens and Maddie and Tae Concert was held in the KFC Center in Kentucky and was great for the country fans in the chapter. Schimpff’s Candy Store and Factory gave us a tour of their factory in which they were making red cinnamon drops that after making a batch totally by hand, as they usually do. After making the batch they gave us each one of each or just one or the other of the red cinnamon drops and lemon drops where if you mixed them it made a pretty sweet and spicy flavor. Also, at Schimpff’s Candy Store they let us buy some items in their candy section or get a t-shirt. At the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville we watched the show Dracula which was entertaining as well as impressive show to the very end. At the end the actors came out and for a price we could get a picture with them. Another landmark we ventured to was Big Muskie’s Bucket which is a big huge strip mining bucket that was used to strip mine the land and it sure did the job. Last but not least, we went on the Belle of Louisville for a Riverboat Lunch Tour and had amazing food and got to dance and look at the beautiful scenery of Kentucky.
For food we members went to many good restaurants including just a few Wendy’s, Golden Corral, and a lot more including a good amount of delicious Kentucky buffets.