By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter
Each year at the Ohio FFA State Convention 11 students are elected to serve the Ohio FFA Association for the next year. These students travel throughout Ohio to meet FFA members, alumni, and industry professionals to advocate for agriculture and agricultural education.
Since being elected in May, the team has been preparing for their year through training and spending the summer at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. The team has also been to Washington, D.C. for the State Officer Summit and the Ag Hall of Fame Breakfast at the Ohio State Fair. They also have a a very busy schedule the week of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Keep reading to learn more about the State Officers for the 2019-2020 year.
What are you most looking forward during your year as a state officer?
I am looking forward to the unexpected, yet impactful moments that I encounter. I have realized that the natural interactions and conversations with members, agricultural educators and supporters have had the strongest impact on me. I enjoy learning and growing from others. Ohio FFA is filled with incredibly talented, passionate, and driven people. I cannot wait to get to know individuals in Ohio FFA and learn more about them.
– Holly McClay, State President
What are your personal FFA goals for the upcoming year?
My goals for the year include challenging members to network with peers to create contacts that will benefit them in their future careers. I would also like to promote the agricultural industry. With only 2% of the U.S. population associated with the agricultural industry, it’s more important than ever to chat with consumers about how their food is produced.
– Wyatt Kinsel, State Vice President at Large
What is your SAE?
I worked at Walker Pumpkin Farm where I assisted in the planting, managing, and harvesting of pumpkins as well as other specialty crops. I would also help design and implement blueprints for the corn maze. As fall approached, I shifted to a more customer service-based position. I aimed to give each visitor the experience they wanted and deserved.
– Bethany Starlin, State Vice President
What is your favorite quote?
“la vie est belle.” It means “life is beautiful” I often think we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget to have fun and enjoy life.
– Haleigh Stoller, State Treasurer
What are your favorite things to do when you have free time?
I absolutely love to read! I am always on the hunt for new books to read and I’m pretty open to any genre, but right now I am currently reading Love Does by Bob Goff and the Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn. Speaking of Mr. Goff, the team and I are so excited to hear him at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo!
– Mackenzie Hoog, State Reporter
What is something that is on your bucket list?
I would like to deliver a TED Talk. TED Talks are a staple in my life and I constantly look to them for encouragement.
– Chyann Kendel, State Vice President at Large
What is your favorite FFA memory?
My junior year of high school, three of my good friends and I qualified for the National Soils Contest in Oklahoma City, Okla. We had so much fun through the trip and also learned the value of teamwork and the importance of working hard.
– Beth Pozderac, State Vice President at Large
What are your career goals?
My career goals, as of now, are to graduate from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in plant pathology and work for a major seed and chemical company to specialize in genetics within plants. Once I reach retirement, I would love to open my own barbershop and grow old socializing with my friends, old and new.
-Noah Smith, State Secretary
The state officers are: Holly McClay, State President, Fredricktown
Bethany Starlin, State Vice President, Chief Logan
Noah Smith, State Secretary, Amanda Clearcreek
Haleigh Stoller, State Treasurer, Wayne Trace
Mackenzie Hoog, State Reporter, Valley View MVCTC
Justin Beckner, State Sentinel, Talawanda Butler Tech
Chyann Kendel, State Vice President at Large, Twin Valley South MVCTC
Wyatt Kissell, State Vice President at Large, Mt. Vernon
Alec Ogg, State Vice President at Large, Upper Sandusky
Beth Pozderac, State Vice President at Large, Fredricktown
Mozie van Raaij, State Vice President at Large, Southeastern