Brennan Costello - 2012-13 National FFA Central Region vice president

Vital Statistics

Age: 20
Birthdate: Nov. 28, 1992
Hometown/State: Gothenburg, Neb.
Parents: Steve, Becky Costello
Siblings: Madison, Arleigh

FFA Statistics

Chapter: Gothenburg FFA
Enterprise: Sheep Production entrepreneurship; Diversified Farm Production-Placement
State Office: President, 2011-12

College Statistics

Year: Sophomore
Major: Agribusiness
School: University of Nebraska
College Activities: Nebraska Agriculture Youth Council, Farmhouse Fraternity, Nebraska Human Resources Institute

Future Career Goal

My career goal is to work in agricultural sales or communications to utilize my strengths in customer relations, industry knowledge and operations.


When Nebraska student Brennan Costello was 14, he and his family went to Florida for a family vacation. He’d never before seen the ocean.

“I remember being amazed at how far it stretched and how big it was,” he said. “I specifically remember feeling the desire to sail out and explore all the potential that the ocean offered.”

When elected as a National FFA officer, Costello was introduced to an ocean of a different sort – one just as vast, wide and deep as the one he saw as a teenager. This time, however, he’ll have the means to explore, discover and share.

“My purpose as a national officer will be to engage the potential of FFA members,” Costello said. “I want to do more than simply help. Students have the potential. They need to be actively involved in maximizing their potential through classroom learning, experiences and leadership development.”

He is a member of the Gothenburg High School FFA chapter in Gothenburg, Neb., which is led by advisor Dan Scherer. In high school, he held FFA titles of state president, chapter vice president and chapter secretary. He also earned more than 15 FFA awards and distinctions at the state, district and chapter levels. He was valedictorian of his graduating class and a member of both the National Honor Society and Sigma Phi Beta Academic Honor Society.

Costello is currently attending the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he plans to major in agribusiness.

He is the son of Steve and Becky Costello.

Press Release

Brennan Costello - Press Release