The time has finally come! For a Missouri FFA member, one of the most exciting times of the year is the middle of April. Contests are over, and the best of the best teams will be competing in Columbia for the chance to go on to National competition. This is the largest annual gathering of Missouri FFA members, and it is one of the most exciting things I have done. I have went to State FFA convention every year since freshman year of high school, and I am so excited to be attending this year as a representative of Missouri State University. So many of my FFA memories are from these conventions. The first time I went I was about eleven, and I went to watch my sister get her state degree and awards for competing in the dairy foods contest. Later, I made my own memories in Columbia. The infamous u-turn by Ms. Epperly in the middle of Columbia, going to the movies the same year because there were only four of us, the insanely early mornings spent at IHOP, and the ridiculously late nights spent attending sessions and participating in random shenanigans. I was so blessed to have my mother accompany me last year to witness me receiving my state degree and my proficiency award. As much as I dislike Mizzou, that will always be a place that I associate with some of my fondest FFA memories. As Missouri FFA members, we come from many different backgrounds and regions. The Boot heel, the north, central Missouri, and the southwest. However, for these few brief days, we can gather in one place and share our passion for agriculture and our hopes for the future. Bring on State Convention!