WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The concept of out with the old and
in with the new can take quite a bit of adjustment for some people.
But at the 84th Indiana FFA State Convention, members of the
retiring officer team couldn’t have been more excited to install the newly
elected leaders into office. The 2013-2014 Indiana FFA state officers
* President — Allie Abney, Franklin FFA;
* Secretary — Kayla Hoenert, North Posey FFA;
* Northern Region Vice President — Rebekah Frey, Prairie Heights FFA;
* Southern Region Vice President — Ethan McNeely, Scottsburg FFA;
* Treasurer — Cameron Frazier, Riverton Parke FFA;
* Reporter — Shelby Sigman, Benton Central FFA; and
* Sentinel — Sarah Dirksen, Jay County FFA.
“Me and my teammates are excited to lead the Indiana FFA
over the next year,” Abney said.
During high school, her FFA career kept her busy, serving as
not only her chapter president, but the District 8 president, as well.
Abney also made sure to take advantage of everything that
the FFA organization has to offer its members, by participating in several
career development events, such as ag issues, ag sales and leadership
She noted that FFA gives its members a unique opportunity to
be associated and work closely with the agriculture industry.
Besides being elected as the Indiana FFA secretary for the
upcoming year, Hoenert graduated at the top of her class and was a recipient of
the Purdue University Trustee Scholarship.
When not busy studying, Hoenert stayed active working on her
two FFA proficiencies — diversified crop production and veterinary
Although she now will be serving Indiana FFA on a much
larger scale, Frey always has been heavily involved with the Prairie Heights FFA
Chapter, whether it was serving on the banquet decorating and invitation
committee or holding a chapter office.
Her CDE activities included practical forestry,
environmental and natural resources and dairy cattle management.
For McNeely, being elected as the northern region vice
president was the icing on the cake, when it comes to his passion for
Over his four years in the organization, he has held many
chapter and district offices and also has had the opportunity to represent
Indiana FFA as a national delegate.
As one of only two boys on the new state officer team,
Frazier will build on his leadership and teamwork skills from serving as the
Riverton Parke FFA president, vice president and secretary to help lead Hoosier
FFA members in the year to come.
Being elected as the reporter only further added to the
exceptional achievements that Sigman has accomplished in the organization this
Earlier in the year, she was a part the team from the Benton
Central FFA that earned the title of National Land and Range Judging
She already had the honor of placing among the top 10 in
multiple CDEs on her list of accomplishments during her time in FFA, but now she
will be able to add state sentinel to the list.
Dirksen also was the most recent District 6 president and
has served as a counselor at the FFA leadership camps that take place throughout
“We’re really excited to share the skills FFA has taught us
with the rest of the state,” Abney said.