TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Emotions ran high during closing ceremonies of the 88th Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference on Saturday.
For the organization’s newest state officers, those emotions were still flowing after droves of FFA members boarded buses for home.
“I feel very overwhelmed,” Herman Roberts, 17, state FFA president from Preston, said.
It’s been an exhausting week, both physically and emotionally but he’s excited to serve in his new role, he said.
“I hope that I will get to interact with as many members as I can. I will devote all of my time to the office and just kind of improve the organization as best I can,” he said.
He plans to take a year off from school before starting at Utah State University to study agribusiness or food science and technology.
Shalani Wilcox, 18, newly elected state vice president from Rexburg, said shock, exhaustion and so many things happening at once was making it hard to wrap her mind around her new role.
“I feel like it will kick in tomorrow,” she said.
But it’s all about helping members, she said.
“I want to serve the members to the best of my ability and promote FFA to those around me,” she said.
She hasn’t yet decided if she’ll attend college next semester, but her plan is to study animal science with a focus on nutrition at the College of Southern Idaho.
Cassidey Plum, 18, of Meridian, said as state treasurer she wants to reach as many members as possible and have the same positive impact as past state officers have had on her.
That means “being a role model and showing them the opportunities this organization can give,” she said.
FFA is all about building relationships and connections, finding career paths and passions and “knowing that you’re a part of something bigger than yourself,” she said.
She plans to study agricultural communications and education at the University of Idaho.
Her twin sister, Sydney Plum, 18, of Meridian, new state reporter, said she hopes to help members find their passion and place in FFA.
“I hope to reach out to members to leave a positive impact on them this year,” she said.
She plans to pursue agricultural communications and leadership at the University of Idaho.
State Treasurer Katie Hettinga, 17, of Kuna, said she’s overwhelmed, excited and humbled to have the chance to hold state office.
“I hope to give back to this organization that has done so much for me,” she said.
She wants to inspire members and help them reach their full potential, she said.
“FFA has given me a family where I felt that I was an outcast in the past. I want to do the same thing for the thousands of FFA members in Idaho,” she said.
She plans to attend the University of Idaho to study agricultural economics.
State Sentinel Katy Doumit, 18, of Troy, said she’ always looked up to state officers and it’s been a goal of hers to serve in that role.
“I love the FFA organization and always wanted to give back to it. My goal for the year is just to meet as many members as I can and serve the members of Idaho,” she said.
She plans to attend the University of Idaho to study agricultural economics/agribusiness and accounting.