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6 chosen as 2013-14 National FFA officers to conclude 86th National FFA Convention & Expo
[AUDIO BELOW - Announcement of Officers]
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013/National FFA Organization) – Students from Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Iowa, West Virginia and Oregon have been elected by delegates from throughout the U.S. to serve on the 2013-14 National FFA Officer team.
Brian Walsh of Virginia, an agribusiness major at Virginia Tech, was elected president. Mitch Baker of Tennessee, an agricultural communications major at University of Tennessee, will serve as secretary (http://www.FFA.org/nationalofficers).
Steven Brockshus of Iowa, an agricultural education and global resource systems major at Iowa State University, was elected Central Region vice president and Jackson Harris of Alabama, a community development major at the University of Alabama, will serve as Southern Region vice president.
Wes Davis of West Virginia, an agribusiness management and rural development major at West Virginia University, was elected Eastern Region vice president and Jason Wetzler of Oregon, an agricultural leadership major at Oklahoma State University, will serve as Western Region vice president.
Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as National FFA officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern and western regions of the country.
National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public and more. The team will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.
“For this new national officer team, it will be a year of hard work, long hours, lots of travel and major advocacy for FFA and agricultural education,” said 2012-13 National FFA President Clay Sapp, who delivered his retiring address today before the new team was named. “It is a year of profound experiences that will change their lives and thousands of lives their service will touch.”
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
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Ed. Note: For high-resolution images of each 2013-14 National FFA officer, visit http://www.FFA.org/nationalofficers.
“My Own Little World”
Benjamin Neal Niendick of the Wellington – Napoleon FFA Chapter in Wellington, Missouri is a third generation FFA member and there was really no question that he would follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. It was his father that suggested his supervised agricultural experience: Selling the winter wheat that he planted to lessen erosion as wheat straw. He began by purchasing a used baler and in 2008, before he actually began his SAE, he put up 1,600 bales. Last year, Niendick produced in excess of 17,000 bales. He is supported by his parents Linda and Neal and his FFA advisor Devin Garland.This award is sponsored by Crop Production Services and Monsanto.
Before enrolling in agricultural education courses, Delaney Rose Ahrens of the Brooksville Senior FFA Chapter in Florida had little interest in math and science courses. When she started doing research to satisfy her class requirements, she became hooked on the scientific process. Part of her research included testing types of reusable bags for bacteria growth due to improper use. Ahrens is supported by her parents Brooke and Frederick, who is also her FFA advisor. This award is sponsored by the National FFA Foundation, Inc.