TRAFALGAR, Ind. — Some people get nervous when talking in
front of others, but giving speeches and interacting with students is a piece of
cake for the 2013-2014 Indiana FFA state officer team.
The team, which was elected over the summer at the Indiana
FFA State Convention, consists of Allie Abney, president; Rebekah Frey, northern
region vice president; Ethan McNeely, southern region vice president; Cameron
Frazier, treasurer; Kayla Hoenert, secretary; Shelby Sigman, reporter; and Sarah
“What most impresses me about this team is their
determination,” said Cody Back, the Indiana FFA assistant director of leadership
programs, adding that once they set their mind to something, they get it
Recently, AgriNews had the opportunity to sit down
with the young leaders and see how their year of service to the Indiana FFA is
going so far:
* What experiences have you had so far with the
state’s FFA members?
“I’ve really enjoyed district kickoffs and getting to enjoy
meeting so many members,” McNeely said, adding that all of the students have
been excited to meet the state officers and participate in the leadership
activities they planned.
Dirksen said she also has enjoyed the chapter visits the
team members have been making because it allows them the opportunity to get to
know FFA members on a more personal one-on-one level.
Indiana has 190 FFA chapters, and the state officers will
try to visit as many as possible throughout the year, Abney said.
“I really enjoyed (Leadership Development Workshop) because
I had never really been to a camp before,” Frey said, adding the she liked being
able to interact with the students while helping facilitate the event at the
* With the 86th National FFA Convention, which
will be held this year in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, quickly
approaching, what events and activities are you most looking forward to?
Hoenert noted that she is excited for the delegate sessions
because she believes there are a lot of really good committees this year with
the potential to present issues that the National FFA might adopt into its
Frazier added that he wants to hear the current National FFA
officers’ retiring addresses since he has had the chance to get to know that
team better while serving as an Indiana FFA state officer.
* What impact do you hope your time in office
leaves on the Indiana FFA membership?
“When I was a member, (former state officer) Joe Rust made a
huge impact on me,” Sigman said, adding that a year after meeting her, he still
remembered her name.
She noted that is when she decided to run for a state office
and hopes to leave the same impact one day on another FFA member.
Abney mentioned she hopes throughout the rest of their time
as state officers that the team can help encourage members who are not as active
in the organization to get more involved with activities, conventions and camps
because students are only going to get out of FFA what they put in it.