NU senior named statewide FFA officer |

NU senior named statewide FFA officer

Kaytlin Smith, a Nevada Union High School senior, has been selected to be one of six Future Farmer of America officers who will travel across the state acting as ambassadors for the organization.

“Every year the California association of FFA has a new set of state officers,” said Karen Henderson, the FFA adviser at Nevada Union. “They travel throughout the state to chapters, they do workshops. It’s a full-time job throughout the year.”

Smith was chosen from a total of 64,000 student FFA members.

“I have always raised animals and getting involved in FFA brought new leadership opportunities that I could experience in high school,” Smith said. “I have gone to so many different conferences that have offered valuable leadership skills.”

Smith’s father, Chuck, a former FFA member and now a teacher at Lyman Gilmore School, was ecstatic with his daughter’s achievement.

“This is an unexpected thrill for us,” he said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity. People think of FFA as being all about farming, but it involves public speaking, political activism, all different realms of education of people in agriculture research and products. Her job will be (to) spend the next year learning, educating, and promoting agriculture to youth in California and all over the world.”

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