Southern Region Vice President
Birthdate: Oct. 27, 1993
Hometown and State: Beech Grove, Tenn.
Parents: Mark and Carol McBride
Siblings: Matthew McBride, Andrew McBride
Chapter: Coffee County FFA Chapter
Enterprise: Beef production (entrepreneurship) and agricultural education
State Office: State president 2012-13
Major: Agricultural business
School: University of Tennessee at Martin
College Activities: University Scholars and Baptist College Ministry
Future Career Goal: To become a political leader in the agriculture industry
The childhood adventures of Stephen led him on many quests, including the exploration of the old logging trails in his backyard forest in Tennessee. He and his older brothers would spend hours on the trails.
"One day I complained to my oldest brother that it wasn't as fun as it used to be; he responded that I should venture beyond the familiar and carve out my own trail in the woods," McBride said. "This simple activity of making my own path has changed the way I view myself and my purpose as a leader."
From learning to carve his own path, McBride has found much success in FFA and was elected to the 2014-15 National FFA Officer team as Southern Region vice president at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo.
Originally from Beech Grove, Tenn., and an agricultural business major at the University of Tennessee at Martin, McBride is active in Leaders in Residence, University Scholars and Baptist College Ministry.
As a student at Coffee County Central High School in Manchester, Tenn., he served as Tennessee FFA Association president. Within FFA he was the Middle Region vice president, chapter president, vice president and sentinel. He has earned his American FFA Degree, State FFA Degree, Senior Agriculture Award and was the National Prepared Public Speaking first runner up.
McBride served as 4-H club president, was awarded the Outstanding Student Achievement Award and was a Tennessee Governor's School for Agricultural Sciences Scholar. He was a delegate of the National Leadership Forum and National 4-H Congress. McBride expanded his knowledge in the areas of beef production and agricultural education through his supervised agricultural experience.
Upon graduation from the University of Tennessee at Martin, McBride hopes to pursue a career as an agriculture lobbyist.
"We only have one year to serve, but it only takes one minute to change a life," he said. "It is inspiring to know that I can continue to use my own trailblazing experiences in FFA to motivate younger members as they chart their own unique paths into the vast opportunities found in FFA and agriculture."