Mitch Baker - Secretary

BIRTHPLACE
Lebanon, Tenn.
PARENTS
Phillip and Chris Baker
SIBLINGS
Nick Baker, 18; Abbey Baker, 15
BIRTHDATE
Feb. 9, 1994

FFA Background

CHAPTER
Baxter FFA
Upperman High School
Baxter, Tenn.
PROFICIENCY
Turf Grass Management
STATE OFFICE
Tennessee FFA Association secretary, 2012-13

College Information

YEAR
Sophomore
SCHOOL
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
MAJOR
Agricultural Communications
COLLEGE ACTIVITIES
Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity; freshman council, Student Government Association; volunteer for Center of Leadership and Service at university of Tennessee; volunteer, Habitat for Humanity in Cookeville, Tenn.; volunteer, Love Kitchen in Knoxville, Tenn.; volunteer reading coach, Pond Gap Elementary in Knoxville, Tenn.
FUTURE CAREER GOAL
After graduating with degrees in agricultural communications and broadcast journalism, Baker plans to serve with a mission-based organization and assist in hunger relief efforts.

Biography

As a child, Mitch Baker of Tennessee loved the park – especially the swings.
He remembers the day his father taught him how to swing higher and higher all by himself.
“I felt like freedom was mine as I pushed myself to go higher each time than before and finally launch myself out into the air before I crashed in the sand below,” Baker recalls. “This simple experience changed my world.
“There are times that I have been placed in a position that allows me to push someone as they learn a new skill. Like my father did with me in a swing, I push them higher and higher until the time comes to step out of the way and watch them soar to freedom while providing encouragement and support.”
Baker was elected to the 2013-14 National FFA Officer team as national secretary at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.
Other members of the team are Brian Walsh of Virginia as president, Steven Brockshus of Iowa as Central Region vice president, Jackson Harris of Alabama as Southern Region vice president, Wes Davis of West Virginia as Eastern Region vice president and Jason Wetzler of Oregon as Western Region vice president.
Originally from Cookeville, Tenn., and an agricultural communications and broadcast journalism major at University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Baker is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and volunteers for the university’s Center for Leadership and Service, Habitat for Humanity, a local shelter in Knoxville and as a reading coach at Pond Gap Elementary in Knoxville.
As a student at Upperman High School in Baxter, Tenn., he served as Tennessee FFA Association secretary. Within FFA, he was regional officer and chairman of his association’s state officer nominating committee and his FFA chapter’s president and reporter. As a senior, he was a national finalist in the National FFA Organization’s prepared public speaking career development event and a Tractor Supply Co. scholarship recipient.
Baker was also vice president of his high school’s Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society and active in 4-H. As part of his FFA experience in completing his supervised agricultural experience, for four years he and his brother operated Baker Brothers Lawn Care, a full-service lawn care and landscaping business. They’ve since transitioned operations to their younger sister, who is also an FFA member.
Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as National FFA officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern and western regions of the country.
National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public and more. The team will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.
Upon graduation from University of Tennessee, Baker hopes to serve with a mission-based organization and assist in hunger relief initiatives.
“I hope to encourage our members to say yes to life,” he said. “What is awesome about life is that if you watch for it, there is something new to learn every day. Every one of us has the ability to lean in and say yes to opportunities that life presents to us – opportunities that will take us to higher places more amazing than we could have ever imagined. We are all meant to change lives.”

Mitch Baker - Press Release