Twenty Two Students Chosen to Serve as 2015 Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors
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Twenty Two Students Chosen to Serve as 2015 Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors

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​ Kristy Meyer
Marketing and Communications​
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, June 5, 2015/National FFA Organization) – Twenty-two students from throughout the U.S. have been selected by the National FFA Organization to serve as participants in the 2015 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador program.

Those students who are participating include:

  • Arizona: Tori Summey of Cave Creek; Keili Summey of Cave Creek
  • California: Brad Borges of Oakdale; Eileen Desmond of Eastvale
  • Florida: Kaylee Norris of Frostproof
  • Iowa: Jason Smith of Monticello
  • Illinois: Leslie Borries of Illinois; Elizabeth Brown of Heyworth; Dusti Irwin of Rushville
  • Kansas: Garet Koester of Concordia
  • Kentucky: Danielle Milbern of Lexington
  • Maryland: Matt Wood of Cordova
  • Minnesota: Katelyn Jerde of Montrose
  • Missouri: Carley Esser of Boonville; Ben Travlos of Ashland; Jesica Wells of Blue Springs
  • New Jersey: Kyle Clement of Pedricktown
  • New Mexico: Kassie Waller of Clovis
  • Nevada: Lynn Dodge of Spring Creek
  • Oklahoma: Keili Summey of Stillwater
  • Virginia: Ambrosia Church of Woodstock
  • Wisconsin: Emma Heser of Tomah; Me​lissa LeCaptain of Mischicot

The students will undergo specialized training June 8-12 in Raleigh, N.C., in order to advocate for agriculture throughout the nation. Each ambassador must complete a minimum of 20 hours of presentations to businesses, schools, community groups and more. They will also facilitate seminars and workshops to audiences of all ages interested in learning more about agriculture.

Together, this group will help increase public understanding of the food, fiber and natural resources industry; promote awareness of the scientific, economical and mechanical resources needed to produce a safe and reliable food source; increase awareness of career opportunities in agriculture for collegiate students and the general public; and help provide growth opportunities in leadership, facilitation and the agricultural industry for the collegiate agriculture ambassador team.

Students were chosen in May. Each ambassador will serve seven months and receive a $1,000 scholarship for their work and efforts that can be used toward tuition and other school expenses. The 2015 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador program is sponsored by BASF and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 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 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 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, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit