85th National FFA Convention Broadcast Interns
Amie Burke, junior at Illinois State University, is majoring in Agricultural Communications and Leadership. She is originally from Fithian, Illinois. She will be assisting with broadcasting the positive message of the members in the National FFA Organization during the 85th National FFA Convention. While at school, Amie is involved with the Collegiate FFA Chapter, Post-Secondary Agriculture Students, National Agriculture Marketing Association, Sigma Alpha, and Deaf Redbirds Association. She is also a lifetime Illinois FFA Alumni member and serves on the Illinois Alumni Council as the reporter.
In high school Amie was an active member of the Oakwood FFA Chapter. She served as the chapter president and Section 18 President. She had the opportunity to serve as the 2009-2010 Illinois Association FFA State President where she traveled the state of Illinois, to Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., Pasadena, San Francisco, and four cities in China. Throughout her travels she communicated the positive message of Illinois Association FFA and Agriculture Education.
This will be Amie’s first year serving as an intern for the National FFA and her eighth National FFA convention. She looks forward to seeing convention from another angle and finding unique stories that encompass the experience of convention and the National FFA.
Spencer Chase is a Junior Journalism and Mass Communications major at South Dakota State University and is originally from Wolsey, South Dakota. At South Dakota State, Spencer is a sportswriter for The Collegian, the independent campus newspaper, a student coach with the Jackrabbit football team, and is a member of FarmHouse Fraternity.
In high school, Spencer’s FFA experience consisted of competing in the Livestock Judging, Public Speaking, and Farm Business Management Career Development Events and had a Beef Production Supervised Agricultural Experience. Spencer also was fortunate enough to serve as the 2010-2011 South Dakota State FFA Treasurer. This is Spencer’s second year serving as an intern for National FFA, and his fourth time attending the National FFA Convention.
Spencer’s hobbies include helping on his family’s beef and crop farm, spending time with friends, watching and analyzing sports, and can be seen on any given Saturday afternoon with his eyes glued to whatever college football game happens to be on TV and enjoying a nice, cold Dr. Pepper. Spencer is also willing to take on all challengers in a quote-off of any of his favorite movies.
Bev is a four-year veteran of the National FFA Convention media crew. She is recent gradute from the University of Missouri with degree in agricultural jouralism. She is currently the Program Manager for the public high schools of Nashville, Tenn. She is also pursuing her masters in agricultural education. Bev has been active in the FFA for more than ten years and continues to be a lifelong supporter of it’s mission.