INDIANAPOLIS — Breanna Holbert, an agricultural education major at California State University-Chico, was elected national president of FFA during the weekend.
Holbert is the first female African American elected president of the national FFA, which represents more than 650,000 students across the U.S. and its territories.
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 miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders and the public.
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 the U.S.