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Breanna Holbert - National FFA President      

Birthdate: Aug. 18

Hometown and State: Lodi, Calif.

Parents: Marshawn Anderson and Kelley Holbert

Siblings: Brittany, Iyawna, Brenae’ and Zayden

FFA Stats Chapter: Lodi-Tokay FFA

Enterprise: Egg Sales SAE, Turkey Co-op SAE, Landscaping SAE, Composting SAE, Organic Farming Education SAE

State Office: 2015-16 California FFA Secretary

College Stats Year: Sophomore

Major: Agricultural Science and Education

School: California State University, Chico

College Activities: Peer Advisor for the College of Agriculture, Freshman Leadership Opportunity, Chico Collegiate FFA

Career Goal: To pursue my credential in agricultural education and work in an urban agricultural education program.

Breanna Holbert says agricultural education classes and FFA allowed her to see the fruitful and purposeful effects of the industry. “My ag class proved to me that agriculture is challenging and requires dedication and hard work,” Holbert says.

While Holbert was in FFA, her advisor signed her up for the FFA Creed public speaking event. “My love for not only public speaking but also agriculture, in general, soared,” Holbert says. “It was my chapter advisor, program, and community that provided so much direction in my FFA career. They are why I am here today.”

Holbert was elected to the 2017-18 National FFA Officer Team as president at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Majoring in agricultural science and education, Holbert is a sophomore at California State University – Chico. She served as the 2015-16 California FFA secretary.

While attending Tokay High School, Holbert worked on two supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). Her Camp Full Belly Farm SAE was an organic farm camp that educated elementary students on where their food comes from (from when a seed is planted to when a product is delivered to a farmers’ market). Her poultry SAE involved raising turkeys and chickens; she made sure the birds had enough water and food and that their facility was clean daily.

"Through my year of service, I hope to learn more about agriculture and life in general," Holbert says. “I hope I’m able to broaden students scope of what they think they can accomplish and get them to see what they really can do with their incredible experiences, personalities, and strengths. I hope to challenge students to think differently, ask why and be open to diverse backgrounds. I hope to create a community of honest communication and positivity amongst my fellow teammates and offer a loving and supportive hand whenever they need it the most.”

 


 


Gracie Furnish - National Eastern Region Vice-President      


Birthdate: July 12

Hometown and State: Cynthiana, Ky.

Parents: Brian and Amy Furnish

Siblings: Annie, Jakob and Cash

FFA Stats Chapter: Harrison County FFA

Enterprise: Placement in Specialty Crop Production, Agricultural Education Exploration, Beef Production

State Office: 2016-17 Kentucky FFA Secretary

College Stats Year: Sophomore

Major: Agricultural Education

School: University of Kentucky

College Activities: Christian Student Fellowship, Agricultural Education Society, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Ambassador

Career Goal: To be an advocate and educate others about agriculture, either in the classroom or industry. To also explore more opportunities for individuals with special needs in agriculture.

For Gracie Furnish, FFA was where she found a home. "Home is a place that is familiar but is always new and exciting," Furnish says. "Home is where we are comfortable to be challenged to grow."

Furnish was elected to the 2017-18 National FFA Officer Team as eastern region vice president at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo.

With a passion for both agriculture and education, Furnish is studying agricultural education at the University of Kentucky.

“I want others to see their true potential and harness it to change this world,” Furnish says. “I want to advance and advocate our agriculture industry, knowing that every step we all take makes an impact.”

Furnish served as the 2016-17 Kentucky FFA Secretary. While she was in high school, her supervised agricultural experiences included placement projects in burley tobacco production and beef cattle production. Also, she worked on her family farm as well as the Harrison County FFA school farm.

Through her year of service, Furnish hopes to empower, encourage and cheer on FFA members, sponsors advisors and others.

“FFA is a place where everyone belongs and can be comfortable to be challenged to grow,” Furnish says. “We all come from different backgrounds with different strengths and interests, but we can all come together to serve and grow in this organization. I hope to learn and be able to tell the story of agriculture, FFA and all of our members.”

   
 
 


 
     
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