INDIANAPOLIS, In. — Delegates at the 90th National FFA convention and expo elected new officers for the 2017-18 year. The elected officers represent six states; Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and Oklahoma.
Breanna Holbert, an agricultural education major at California State University of Chico, was elected national president. She 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 was elected central region vice president. He is an agricultural economics major at Oklahoma State University.
Bryce Cluff will serve as western region vice president. He is an agricultural technology and management education major at the University of Arizona.
Ian Bennett will be southern region vice president. Bennett is majoring in agriscience and environmental systems-plant breeding and genetics at the University of Georgia.
Gracie Furnish, a career and technical education major at the University of Kentucky, will serve as eastern region vice president.
Each year six students are elected by the delegates to represent the National FFA organization as national officers. 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.