87th National FFA Convention Broadcast Interns
A junior at the State University of New York at Morrisville, Kaylin Broadwell is studying Journalism and Communication within Online Media. She serves as an editor for her school newspaper, The CHIMES, and is also employed by the Utica/Rome market of Townsquare Media, the third largest owner of radio stations in the US.
After being raised on a hobby poultry farm, Kaylin became an active member of the Hamilton FFA Chapter. Kaylin ranked gold in NY with her proficiency in Agriculture Communications. She served as the 2012-2013 New York State Sentinel and currently serves as the Reporter for the Morrisville Collegiate FFA Chapter. This is Kaylin’s first time interning with National FFA, and her fifth time attending the National Convention.
Kaylin’s hobbies include videography, dancing, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and listening to every kind of music. In the future, she hopes to work for a record label in New York City where she can focus on marketing and public relations for entertainers in the industry.
Jamye Freeman, a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is studying Agriculture Communications and Broadcasting. He is from originally from Halls, Tennessee. At the University of Tennessee at Martin, Jamye is an active staff member of WUTM 90.3 The Hawk, member of the UTM Broadcasting Guild, and a brother of the Sigma Chi fraternity. His hobbies include working in the family business, cotton ginning, hanging out with friends and exploring back roads and small towns.
In High School, Jamye was an active member of the Dyersburg FFA chapter,where he served as chapter Vice-President and West Tennessee Regional President. He also was honored with his Eagle Rank in the Boy Scouts of America and is a life time member of the FFA Alumni.
This is Jamye’s second year serving as a intern with the National FFA Organization and his sixth year to attend convention. He is excited to see and experience the convention in a new way.
Courtney Gerstenecker is currently a sophomore at Kaskaskia Community College near Centralia, Illinois and plans to transfer to Murray State University to study Agricultural Education. Courtney is originally from Carlyle, Illinois. She is excited to help broadcast the story of the members of the National FFA Organization during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo. She interned with the RFD Radio Network /Illinois Farm Bureau this past summer, where she learned about radio broadcasting and enhanced her skills communicating the true message of Illinois agriculture. Courtney is also a lifetime Illinois FFA Alumni member and serves on the Illinois FFA Alumni Council.
Courtney was an active member of the Carlyle FFA Chapter. She served as the Section 21 President, and also had the opportunity to serve at the Illinois Association FFA State Reporter where she traveled the state of Illinois, Washington D.C., and Argentina. During her year of service, she communicated the positive message of the Illinois FFA and the importance of agriculture education.
This is Courtney’s first year in the FFA Newsroom and her fourth National FFA Convention & Expo. She is very grateful for this opportunity to help enhance her communication skills for when she becomes an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor herself. She looks forward to this experience enhancing her passion for the FFA, agriculture education, and the story of the National FFA Convention & Expo.
Kelsey Litchfield is a sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying Agricultural Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.
Originally from Rio, Illinois she was involved in 4-H and FFA growing up. A member of the ROWVA FFA chapter, she was historian senior year of high school. She also advanced to state twice in her Turf Grass Management record books. Kelsey’s favorite FFA memory was going to National Convention in Indianapolis her sophomore year of high school.
At U of I Kelsey is involved with her sorority, 4-H House, as well as Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and IlliniThon. Kelsey hopes to work at RFD-TV or Rural Radio after she graduates.
This is Kelsey’s first year interning for the National FFA Convention & Expo and second convention overall. She looks forward to getting a behind the scenes look at the convention as well as learning new skills that will benefit her future career.