The newly elected 2014-2015 Indiana FFA state officers couldn’t stop smiling after their positions became official during the 85th Indiana FFA State Convention. New officers include Dakota Westphal (from left), reporter; Kathleen Jacobs, treasurer; Jacob Mueller, southern region vice president; Lindsey O’Hara, northern region vice president; Derek Berkshire, sentinel; Skylar Clingan, secretary; and Brittany Young, president.
The newly elected 2014-2015 Indiana FFA state officers couldn’t stop smiling after their positions became official during the 85th Indiana FFA State Convention. New officers include Dakota Westphal (from left), reporter; Kathleen Jacobs, treasurer; Jacob Mueller, southern region vice president; Lindsey O’Hara, northern region vice president; Derek Berkshire, sentinel; Skylar Clingan, secretary; and Brittany Young, president.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As the terms for seven Indiana FFA state officers is ending, the terms of seven more is just beginning. There wasn’t a dry eye on stage as the 2013-2014 officers passed the torch on to the new state officers. 

The slate of officers was approved during the sixth and final session of the 85th Indiana FFA State Convention. There were 155 in favor and 34 against the selection. 

After the vote, each new officer ran to the stage, cried and hugged one another. The 2014-2015 Indiana FFA state officers are:

* President — Brittany Young, The Hope FFA;

* Secretary — Skylar Clingan, Prairie Heights FFA;

* Northern Region Vice President — Lindsey O’Hara, Warsaw FFA;

* Southern Region Vice President — Jacob Mueller, Eastern Hancock FFA;

* Treasurer — Kathleen Jacobs, Huntington North FFA;

* Reporter — Dakota Westphal, Tri County FFA; and

* Sentinel — Derek Berkshire, Caston FFA.

Although each of the new officers dreamed of this moment, many expressed shock.

Young, the new president, said she was feeling many emotions after being selected, included feeling blessed. Young is from Hauser High School in Bartholomew County.

“To have this opportunity and for this to really be happening is overwhelming,” Young said. “I have wanted this since my freshman year, but never did I imagine that it would happen.”

Mueller, selected as southern region vice president, said the experience was unbelievable.

“It still feels like a dream,” Mueller said.

Jacobs, the new treasurer, agreed, by saying it still didn’t feel real.

Many officers expressed feelings of gratitude.

Northern Region Vice President O’Hara said she felt blessed for the opportunity and honored her hard work paid off.

Westphal, reporter, agreed. Westphal said she felt honored to be given the opportunity to serve a great organization.

Other officers are anticipating the large task at hand.

Secretary Clingan said he is sad for the team leaving, but excited for the opportunity to step in and fill their shoes.

Clingan said he hopes his team members are just as successful as the previous team. He is the son of Doug and Stacy Clingan.

Setting Goals

Even with a whirlwind of emotions, the new officers know what they want to accomplish in the next year.

Although some state officers still are forming goals, all agreed they want to imp

New state officers hope to impact Indiana FFA

act FFA members.

Young, the daughter of Kevin and Terri Young, hopes the officers have the opportunity to continue to increase Indiana FFA membership.

Membership of the organization has increased by 1,000 in the past two years and now is well more than 10,000. 

Berkshire, who will serve as sentinel, is looking at the year ahead as an opportunity to serve Indiana FFA and give back to the organization. He is the son of Melissa and Brian Harvey.

Westphal, the daughter of Rami and Jeff Westphal, and O’Hara, the daughter of Dan and Loni O’Hara, agreed the year will offer the opportunity of a lifetime.

Jacobs, the daughter of Heidi and Paul Jacobs, hopes they are able to inspire members the same way past officers have.

Mueller, the son of Joe and Michele Mueller, looks forward to serving with his friends, serving Indiana FFA and impacting members.

Young said the team members have gotten to know each other through the interview process.

“I believe we’re all here to impact FFA and the agriculture industry,” Young said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team to serve with.”