The National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana attracts close to 65,000 people every year. One Utah high school student at the convention spent eight months preparing for his big night on the stage.
Cameron Holdaway is from St. George Utah and he sang I Lived by One Republic in front of 15,000 people in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This is Holdaway’s first year in the Future Farmers of America program and his first time at the national convention in Indianapolis.
“I Lived is kind of my go-to song,” Holdaway said. “It’s inspiring and it says I’ve done everything that I could to live the very best life. I take that and I think, ‘How can I make it good for others and how can I make it good for myself?’”
While Holdaway is loving the performances, he said having something in common with the thousands of FFA members at the convention is one of his favorite parts so far. Each FFA member wears a blue corduroy jacket with their state and local chapter stitched on the back.
“Everyone is friends with everyone,” Holdaway said. “Just walking around you can see people laughing and joking. It doesn’t matter what the jacket says or anything about them. They’re just all here having fun together.”
Holdaway is performing four times throughout the convention.