The Indiana FFA state officer team members take a moment to enjoy their time together. Pictured (from left) are Cameron Frazier, treasurer; Allie Abney, president; Sarah Dirksen, sentinel; Shelby Sigman, reporter; Kayla Hoenert, secretary; Rebekah Frey, northern region vice president; and Ethan McNeely, southern region vice president.
The Indiana FFA state officer team members take a moment to enjoy their time together. Pictured (from left) are Cameron Frazier, treasurer; Allie Abney, president; Sarah Dirksen, sentinel; Shelby Sigman, reporter; Kayla Hoenert, secretary; Rebekah Frey, northern region vice president; and Ethan McNeely, southern region vice president.

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 Dirksen, sentinel.

“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 done.

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 same time.

* 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 bylaws.

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.