The newly elected 2013-2014 Indiana FFA state officer team members are all smiles as they join together to adjourn the 84th Indiana FFA State Convention and their new positions become official. Pictured (from left) are: Sarah Dirksen, sentinel; Shelby Sigman, reporter; Cameron Frazier, treasurer; Kayla Hoenert, secretary; Ethan McNeely, southern region vice president; Rebekah Frey, northern region vice president; and Allie Abney, president.
The newly elected 2013-2014 Indiana FFA state officer team members are all smiles as they join together to adjourn the 84th Indiana FFA State Convention and their new positions become official. Pictured (from left) are: Sarah Dirksen, sentinel; Shelby Sigman, reporter; Cameron Frazier, treasurer; Kayla Hoenert, secretary; Ethan McNeely, southern region vice president; Rebekah Frey, northern region vice president; and Allie Abney, president.
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 are:

* 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 ambassador.

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 science.

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 FFA.

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 year alone.

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 champions.

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 the year.

“We’re really excited to share the skills FFA has taught us with the rest of the state,” Abney said.