Joenelle Futrell - 2012-13 National FFA Eastern Region vice president

Vital Statistics

Age: 20
Birthdate: May 8, 1992
Hometown/State: Philpot, Ky.
Parents: The late Charles Futrell, Ann Futrell

FFA Statistics

Chapter: Daviess County FFA
Enterprise: Agricultural education, home and community development, diversified agricultural placement
State Office: Kentucky FFA vice president, 2010-11

College Statistics

Year: Junior
Major: Agricultural education, political science
School: University of Kentucky
College Activities: Agricultural Education Society, Habitat for Humanity, University of Kentucky honors program

Future Career Goal

I want to become a teacher to teach, mentor and research new methods to affect high school, undergraduate and graduate students, agricultural teachers and industry professionals.


Joenelle Futrell of Kentucky vividly remembers her high school FFA advisor tell her that she is on Earth for a reason and a purpose.

“My objective in life is simple,” she said. “I strive to live by her words and my own personal motivations to succeed and make a difference.”

Her ultimate goal: To become a teacher.

Futrell was a six-year member of the Daviess County High School FFA chapter in Owensboro, Ky., led by advisors Jason Smith, Chad Askins and Craig Howard. In high school, she held the titles of state vice president, regional and chapter president and chapter recruitment and retention committee chairwoman. She won a host of state and national FFA awards from 2007-2010.

Today, Futrell is studying agricultural education and political science at University of Kentucky at Lexington.

“As a national FFA officer, I will constantly encourage members to become engaged in agricultural education, work on their own personal growth and foster an attitude of hope in their schools and communities,” she said. “I will strive to be purposeful by being a consistently positive role model for members and stakeholders.” She is the daughter Ann Futrell and the late Charles Futrell.

Press Release

Joenelle Futrell - Press Release