Hudson Students Take Academic Excursions

by senior Olivia Kolterman

This year three Hudson electives plan to attend further enhance their learning by traveling outside of the state.

From October 24 – October 28, 19 current Hudson Future Farmers of America students, along with Hudson Class of 2016 graduate Maria Geisler, will venture to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention.

Geisler will be competing in the “Employability Skills: Leadership Development Event”. This competitions includes a job interview, where a cover letter and a resumé is submitted as well as a phone interview conducted. She chose to compete in this competition to help enhance her leadership and public speaking skills. Not only did she do that, but she impressed those in attendance. Geisler won a scholarship from the state competition and was then offered employment at the veterinary clinic in Ames because of her impeccable interview skills and outstanding paperwork. She will perform her same interview at the national convention.

On average, 65,000 students attend this conference each year. Out of these students, only 500 are given the opportunity, as an additional activity, to tour the Dow AgroSciences building while in Indianapolis. This year, 20 of those students are from Hudson.

To fundraise for the convention, the FFA students sell fruit and host a  “work auction”.

On November 1, the FFA Fruit Sales will begin to fundraise for next year’s National Convention. Those who would like to help support the Hudson FFA students attend next year’s convention can contact FFA advisor, Dennis Deppe at

The journalism program will be traveling to their national convention in Dallas November 15-19th and the choir will be traveling March 12-16 to St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans. More about those exciting learning opportunities will be posted here, at in the weeks to come.

photo courtesy of Dennis Deppe