Kansas FFA elects new leadership
Convention delegates select new state officer team
Six new Kansas FFA officers were elected by delegates to the 77th Annual State Convention on June 3 in Manhattan.
Shawn Turner of the Ottawa FFA Chapter will lead a new slate of officers in the coming year. Serving with Turner will be Sharita Lacey, Crest FFA Chapter, vice president; Kaitlyn Crow, Winfield FFA Chapter, secretary; Billy Brown, Rock Creek FFA Chapter (Westmoreland), treasurer; Avery Land, Mission Valley FFA Chapter (Eskridge), reporter; and Clement Neely, Humboldt FFA Chapter, sentinel. The officers will travel thousands of miles in Kansas and around the country attending chapter and district events, facilitating leadership development programs, and visiting corporate sponsors.
"Our team is ecstatic to have the opportunity to travel the state representing over 7,000 Kansas FFA members," Turner said. "The coming year will present many challenges and we look forward to continuing the tradition of strong student leadership in FFA."
The officers were selected from 19 candidates from across the state. The selection process is intense and includes a rigorous assessment of each candidate's academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Candidates submit a detailed application to the 10-person nominating committee outlining their accomplishments and contributions to the community.
Once at the convention, the candidates participate in five rounds of in-depth interviews, take an informational test on FFA and agricultural education topics, and complete a writing exercise. The candidates also facilitate leadership workshops for delegates to the convention. The nominating committee presents delegates with a slate of two nominees per office, each nominated candidate gives a brief speech, and delegates vote to elect the new officer team.
FFA is a national youth organization of over 475,000 student members preparing for careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The Kansas FFA Association has more than 7,100 members in 163 chapters across the state. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premiere leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Please visit www.ksffa.org for more information.