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National FFA officers for 2013-14, visit
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013/National FFA Organization) – At
age 11, Wes Davis of West Virginia bought a chicken at the county fair. A spark
ensued and since, he has immersed himself deeply into the world of agriculture.
He joined FFA and immediately began racking up state and national honors in
competitions involving poultry judging, public speaking, marketing, agribusiness
“Growing up on a small property and raised by parents who were
not involved in agriculture, I didn’t have the opportunity to grow up on a
farm,” Davis said. “But the experience I gained through FFA allowed me to create
my own path.
“The day I joined FFA, I never imagined that I had just
made the best decision of my life.”
Davis was elected to the 2013-14
National FFA Officer team to serve as Eastern Region vice president at the 86th
National FFA Convention & Expo.
Other members of the team are Brian
Walsh of Virginia as president, Mitch Baker of Tennessee as secretary, Steven
Brockshus of Iowa as Central Region vice president, Jackson Harris of Alabama as
Southern Region vice president and Jason Wetzler of Oregon as Western Region
Originally from Point Pleasant, W.Va., in high school
Davis served as state president of West Virginia FFA Association and as both
vice president and reporter of his FFA chapter.
As a sophomore at West
Virginia University, where he is double majoring in agricultural education and
agribusiness management, he was named to both the president’s and dean’s list.
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.
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.
After graduation from
West Virginia University, Davis hopes to go into the classroom and educate the
next generation of agricultural leaders.
“As a national officer, I want
to affect as many members as possible,” Davis said. “The skills, competencies
and experiences I have gained throughout my life and time in FFA have prepared
me for this experience and I look forward to continuing the tremendous legacy of
FFA while helping the organization to continue to grow and prosper.”
National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career
success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in
grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout
the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.