35 FFA members vie for National Officer positions at the upcoming 96th National FFA Convention

Get a glimpse into the journey dedicated ag students across the country will take in order to become an FFA National Officer.

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The 96th National FFA Convention and Expo, set to take place in early November, is poised to witness the culmination of an extensive and challenging process for 35 dedicated FFA members. These individuals have been selected to compete for national office, competing for the opportunity to serve as Future Farmers of America’s (FFA) National Officers. The journey to becoming a national officer is a demanding one, characterized by rigorous interviews and unwavering dedication.

The National Officer Selection Process

Each state FFA association can nominate only one member each year to participate in the rigorous selection process. These candidates then face an extensive interview process with the National FFA Officer Nominating Committee, a group composed of FFA students who are responsible for selecting the national officers.

This committee evaluates the candidates based on their passion for the FFA and their potential to excel in the role. It’s a thorough examination of each candidate’s dedication and abilities, ensuring that only the most qualified individuals rise to the challenge.

The Life of a National Officer

Becoming a National FFA Officer is an opportunity that few FFA members will ever experience. It demands more than just a desire to serve; it requires a profound understanding of the responsibilities and a willingness to embrace a life of nonstop hard work and never-ending commitments. National officers must be prepared for a life that is not just challenging but also deeply rewarding and fulfilling.

The experiences and responsibilities of a national officer transcend the typical high school experience. They travel the country, represent the FFA at events, and play a crucial role in advancing the organization’s goals and values. The impact they make extends far beyond their time in office.

Candidates for the 2023-24 National FFA Officer Team

As the National FFA Convention approaches, we congratulate all 35 members who have earned the opportunity to run for a position on the 2023-24 National FFA Officer Team:

Leeanna Burkhalter - Alabama
Jayleen Anderson - Arizona
Josie Kelly - Arkansas
Kayla Rossi - Colorado
Matthew Syrotiak - Connecticut
Trinity Ranshaw - Delaware
Carter Howell - Florida
Erynn Allison - Georgia
Claire Shelton - Idaho
Adam Loker - Illinois
Kanyon Huntington - Iowa
Leslie Monhollen - Kentucky
Kaleb LeMoine - Louisiana
Amara Jackson - Michigan
Kyle Thomas - Minnesota
Hunter Adkins - Mississippi
Grant Norfleet - Missouri
Joe Lackman - Montana
Elizabeth Wilkins - Nebraska
Lander Smith - Nevada
Emily Gossett - New Mexico
Paige Warren - New York
Ray Lisenby - North Carolina
Stetson Urlacher - North Dakota
Morgan Anderson - Ohio
Braden Heisler - Oklahoma
Justin Sharp - Oregon
Abigail O’Neill - Pennsylvania
Sofia Muñiz-Ferrer - Puerto Rico
Faith Cook - Tennessee
Bryce Fisher - Texas
Savannah Goodwin - Virginia
McKinzie Rae White - West Virginia
Aubrey Schlimgen - Wisconsin
Bree Coxbill - Wyoming

We wish these exceptional individuals the best of luck as they embark on their journey toward serving as National FFA Officers. Their dedication and passion exemplify the spirit of the FFA, and we look forward to witnessing their contributions to this esteemed organization.

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