ORLANDO, Fla. – Members of the Florida FFA Association recently elected eight individuals to lead their organization for the next year at the group’s 84th Florida FFA State Convention.

The 2012-13 Florida FFA State Officer team includes:

  • President – Clayton Willis, South Lake FFA
  • Secretary – Matthew Cantrell, Baker County FFA
  • Area I Vice President – Shelby Calloway, Malone FFA
  • Area II Vice President – Sarah Trimm, Bronson FFA
  • Area III Vice President – Justin Watson, Pine Ridge FFA
  • Area IV Vice President – Katie Hutchinson, West Orange FFA
  • Area V Vice President – David Walden, Durant FFA
  • Area VI Vice President – Ashley Hassan, Okeechobee Brahman FFA

The primary responsibility of a state officer is to serve the Florida FFA Association, Agricultural Education and Agriculture as an ambassador in local, state and national activities in a way that will inform, motivate and inspire FFA members, advisors and others to embrace and uphold the FFA mission.

FFA members elect their own officers and plan and conduct activities with supervision from their chapter advisors. Eight state officers, all recent high school graduates taking a year off of college, play a key role in sharing FFA and agriculture’s message, traveling more than 300 days of their year of service.  State Officers present workshops and deliver presentations focused on the importance of agriculture and leadership development.

About the Florida FFA State Convention

The annual state FFA convention is truly a week that absolutely everybody should experience.  FFA members come together to celebrate the achievements won by the past and present generations of agriculturalists, while continuing to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  Honoring past and present accomplishments, FFA members, along with advisors, alumni, parents and supporters, will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders for the future.

About the Florida FFA Association

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with 16,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state.  FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

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