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INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Students from
Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa,Kentucky and Oklahoma have been elected by
delegates throughout the United States to serve on the 2017-18 National FFA
Breanna Holbert, an agricultural education major at California State University of
Chico, was elected national president. Holbert is the first female African American
elected to the office of president. Erica Baier, an agricultural education major at
Iowa State University, was elected national secretary.
Piper Merritt, an agricultural economics major at Oklahoma State University, was
elected central region vice president. Bryce Cluff, an agricultural technology and
management: education major at the University of Arizona, will serve as western
region vice president.
Ian Bennett, majoring in agriscience and environmental systems - plant breeding and genetics at the University of Georgia,
was elected southern region vice president. Gracie Furnish, a career and technical education major at the University of
Kentucky, will serve as eastern region vice president.
Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as
national officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern,
and western regions of the country.
National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA Organization. Each officer travels more than 100,000
national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers,
corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public, and more. The team will lead
personal growth and leadership training conferences for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that
will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural
education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and
the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout