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.
Ed. Note: For high-resolution images of Davis and others elected to serve as National FFA officers for 2013-14, visitwww.FFA.org/nationalofficers.
He joined FFA and immediately began racking up state and national honors in competitions involving poultry judging, public speaking, marketing, agribusiness and more.
“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 vice president.
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.
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.
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.
The 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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