Phillip and Chris Baker
Nick Baker, 18; Abbey Baker, 15
Feb. 9, 1994
Upperman High School
Turf Grass Management
Tennessee FFA Association secretary,
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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
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.
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