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Meet the 44 Members Vying to Serve on the Next National Officer Team    
Posted: 8/9/2019 1:00 PM | Author: By Julie Woodard, National FFA

Forty-four FFA members–the largest pool of candidates in more than 15 years—have been selected to vie for national office at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo this October.

The process to become a national officer is arduous, with the candidates – each state FFA association can submit one individual member annually – taking part in an extensive interview process with the National FFA Officer Nominating Committee. The committee is comprised of students who interview and select the national officers.

Candidates will be evaluated through seven rounds on five national officer competencies: character, influence, areas of knowledge, communication, and being a team player. All rounds provide candidates the opportunity to show who they are on a personal level. Specific rounds are also designed to enable candidates to show their skills in preparing and delivering speeches, facilitating workshops, advocating to stakeholders, and creating quality written content.

It takes a highly motivated person to become a successful National FFA Officer—an opportunity afforded to few members. Becoming a national officer requires members to learn about their passions and gain a better understanding of what life as a national officer is like. The life of a national officer is nonstop hard work and never-ending commitments, but it is a life-changing experience—one they will cherish forever.

Congratulations to the following members who will run for a position on the 2019-20 National FFA Officer Team this October:

Hannah Black Alabama
Bailey Roden Arizona
Dawsyn Smith Arkansas
Genevieve Regli California
Brianna McBride Colorado
Megan Davenport Connecticut
Ariana Gaston Delaware
Kyle Garner Florida
William Sizemore Georgia
Caleb Johnston Idaho
Miriam Hoffman Illinois
Claire Baney Indiana
Peyton Schmitt Iowa
Garrett Craig Kansas
Grace Clark Kentucky
Sara Toal Louisiana
Cahlen Cheatham Maryland
Benjamin Butcher Michigan
Kegan Zimmermann Minnesota
Will Cornelius Mississippi
Sydnee Mason Missouri
Mamie Hertel Montana
Jake Judge Nebraska
Heather Lacovara Nevada
Chad Howe New Hampshire
Lyle Logemann New Mexico
Kimberly Doyle New York
Justin Daniel North Carolina
Kolesen McCoy Ohio
Brooklan Light Oklahoma
Kourtney Lehman Oregon
Justin Kurtz Pennsylvania
Yomar Roman Puerto Rico
Cristina LaPaglia Rhode Island
Philip Rhodes South Carolina
Clayton Sorum South Dakota
Julia Knaggs Tennessee
John Rodriguez Texas
Kacie Jones Utah
Tess Seibel Virginia
Seth Smith Washington
John McCutcheon West Virginia
Amelia Hayden Wisconsin
Kiley Mcconnell Wyoming


All candidates will participate in Phase I of the process, which includes a writing exercise, personal round, one-on-one interviews and a stand-and-deliver interview. Following these four rounds, the top 50 percent of candidates in the country and the 50 percent in each region will advance to Phase II of the process. This phase includes round-robin conversations and media interviews with stakeholders; facilitating to real-life students; and a final personal round. The candidates advancing to Phase II of the process will be announced during the National FFA Convention & Expo.

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