Nebraska student named to 2012-13 National Officer Team as Central Region vice president
INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012/National FFA Organization) – When Nebraska student Brennan Costello was 14, he and his family went to Florida for a family vacation. He’d never seen the ocean before.
“I remember being amazed at how far it stretched and how big it was,” he said. “I specifically remember feeling the desire to sail out and explore all the potential that the ocean offered.”
Today, Costello was shown an ocean of a different sort – one that is just as vast, wide and deep as the one he saw as a teenager. This time, however, his desire has been answered with the means to explore, discover and share.
As a conclusion to the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, a National FFA Officer team was chosen to lead the organization in 2012-13. Costello was elected National FFA Central Region vice president for 2012-13.
Joining him are Clay Sapp of Florida as president, Kalie Hall of Georgia as national secretary, Joenelle Futrell of Kentucky as Eastern Region vice president, Lindsey Anderson of California as Western Region vice president and Wiley Bailey as Southern Region vice president.
For the next year, the group will travel more than 100,000 miles across the country to engage top leaders in business, government and education. The national officers will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members. The team will help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.
“My purpose as a national officer will be to engage the potential of FFA members,” Costello said. “I want to do more than simply help. Students have the potential. They need to be actively involved in maximizing their potential through classroom learning, experiences and leadership development.”
He is a member of the Gothenburg High School FFA chapter in Gothenburg, Neb., which is led by advisor Dan Scherer. In high school, he held FFA titles of state president, chapter vice president and chapter secretary. He also earned more than 15 FFA awards and distinctions at the state, district and chapter levels. He was valedictorian of his graduating class and a member of both the National Honor Society and Sigma Phi Beta Academic Honor Society.
Costello is currently attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he plans to major in agribusiness.
“My career goal is to work in agricultural sales or communications that utilizes my experiences and strengths in customer relations, industry knowledge and operations and program management,” he said.
Costello is the son of Steve and Becky Costello