INDIANAPOLIS – High school Future Farmers of America members took a break from learning history to experience it firsthand.
“Whenever they had asked us to come I was definitely like I’m getting out of school for this. This is going to be great. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Cassie Fleming, a junior at Bellmont High School in Adams County.
Allie Knepp is a student at Woodland Highschool in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She says she was there “to help keep things running smoothly.” Photo by Alexa Freeman, TheStateHouseFile.com
The FFA members, who came from all parts of the state, got the opportunity to watch the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and auditor be sworn into office.
FFA members follow the motto: “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.” Members who attended the inauguration got to live out this motto. Not only did they learn by witnessing the swearing in of the governor, they also served locals who attended.
Before watching the inauguration at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, the students were in charge of escorting guests to their seats.
Allie Knepp, 17, of Woodlan High School in Allen County, was happy to be able to aid guests and help keep the day running smoothly. Kneep, who possibly sees politics in her future, was interested in seeing the inauguration take place.
“It’s great, because of the election we were learning about it in school. So it’s great to see the actual inauguration,” Kneep said.
“Being able to get out in the community and being able to talk to other people and helping other people is definitely something I am passionate about,” Fleming, 17, said.
While some members saw it as an opportunity to help, others like 17-year-old Alexandria Laker, from Dekalb High School in Dekalb County, said she believes it will was an opportunity to help her in the future.
“I kind of see myself going the ag policy route so being here is just really cool to see everybody and make connections,” Laker said.
Taylor Brown is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.