FFA state officers from Knox County

These three Knox County students have been chosen for state leadership positions in the Future Farmers of America. From left: Wyatt Kissell—State VP at Large (Mount Vernon); Maribeth Pozderac—State VP at Large (Fredericktown); and Holly McClay—Ohio FFA President (Fredericktown).

MOUNT VERNON -- Knox County had three Future Farmers of America members elected to the 10-position State FFA Officer Team for 2019-20 during the recent state convention.

The Ohio FFA officers consists of the six state FFA officers: state president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, sentinel; and four vice-presidents at large to represent all of the ten FFA Districts.

The purpose of the Ohio FFA officer program is to provide effective leadership for the Ohio FFA Association. The organization believes this can best be met by providing a motivational program for the membership and by being an instructional and developmental program for the state officers.

Additionally, this program provides a public relations source for agricultural education and the FFA, a resource for teachers, and a positive image through a connection with individuals in agricultural education related organizations.

Officers begin their year of service with training sessions where they meet and get to know the other team members, learn about their duties and responsibilities, and plan and set goals for the upcoming year. The Ohio FFA officers spend the summer attending all of the FFA Camp Muskingum sessions.

Additionally, the state president and vice president attend the State Presidents’ Conference in Washington, D.C.

During the fall, officers present chapter workshops, Greenhand speeches, and conduct numerous fall camps and coordinate and present the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference (OLLC). The officers serve as delegates to the National FFA Convention in October and host a holiday celebration for their families in December.

As winter continues, plans for the state convention become a priority and the officers begin preparing to attend chapter meetings, activities and banquets. As convention nears, officers spend time writing scripts, finalizing committee work, and practicing for the state convention.

To top it off, Fredericktown FFA member, Holly McClay, who was currently serving as the 2018-19 Ohio FFA State Vice President, was slated and elected to lead the State FFA Association as the 2019-20 State FFA President.

Holly is the daughter of Todd and Robin McClay of Fredericktown. Holly will provide the top leadership to the Ohio Association which has 315 chapters and over 25,000 members in its organization.

The FFA leadership sends a big thank you to Sunrise Cooperatives who also presented Holly with a brand new Chevy Colorado pickup to drive during her year of service that will become a sign-on bonus for a current FFA member that signs on with Sunrise Cooperatives as a full-time employee at the end of Holly’s term as President.

Mount Vernon FFA member, Wyatt Kissell was slated to run as a State FFA Officer on both the Sentinel ballot and the State Vice-President at Large ballot. After another round of intense interviews in front of the State’s voting delegates, Wyatt was elected as one of the four State Vice President’s at Large.

Wyatt is the son of Ryan Kissell of Mount Vernon and Kathleen Knipp of Florida. Ryan Kissell is a past State FFA Officer so Wyatt is continuing the family tradition. To the best of the local chapter's knowledge, Wyatt is the first State FFA Officer ever from Mount Vernon. The Mount Vernon FFA Advisor is Stephanie Plumly.

Fredericktown FFA got another member elected when Maribeth Pozderac was slated to run as a State FFA Officer on both the State Secretary ballot and the State Vice-President at Large ballot.

After another round of intense interviews in front of the State’s voting delegates Maribeth was elected as one of the four 2019-20 State FFA Vice-Presidents at Large in addition to the constitutional officers. Maribeth is the daughter of Milan and Kim Pozderac, of Mount Vernon. 

Past State FFA Officers elected from Fredericktown are: David McCoy also served the Ohio FFA Association as the 1967-68 State NE Sectional Vice-President. Tim Brown served as the 1970-71 State Vice-President. Abby Pozderac served at the 2014-15 District 7 President. Ryan Matthews served at the 2016-17 State Vice-President At-Large. Milan Pozderac 2017-18 State Vice-President At Large. Holly McClay served at the 2018-19 State Vice President.

The Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.

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