“I’m still shaking, and I’m in disbelief,” said Lexi Mueller, after she was elected president of the statewide organization. “I have so many people that were such an inspiration to me.”
The Valmeyer FFA member lives on her family farm near Columbia.
“We have a grain and livestock farm in the bottoms of the Mississippi River valley,” said the daughter of Matthew and Pamela Mueller. “I have two FFA projects, sheep entrepreneurship and specialty crops that include pumpkins, squash, Indian corn and vegetables.”
As the section presidents met in January to talk about perspective candidates for the officer team, Mueller wasn’t sure she wanted to run for a state position.
“I’m very faithful so I felt it was a calling from God to give back to the FFA so anything I can do to serve other people is something I want to be part of,” she said.
Mueller is looking forward to having an impact on FFA members.
“I want to inspire them and help them find a career path,” she said. “I think working with the newly elected team is going to be really exciting.”
As the leader of the Illinois FFA, Mueller said, her main message to members is to be comfortable in you.
“I’ve heard from so many state officers that the only person you can be is you,” she said. “Being authentic is really important and being confident in who you are.”
After completing her presidency term, Mueller plans to attend Southern Illinois University to study agricultural education with a minor in horticulture and the goal to become a high school agricultural teacher.