PRYOR, OK —
Garrett Reed, a member of the Locust Grove FFA chapter, is a candidate for state FFA president. Reed has served as northeast district vice president since May 2013.
Elections for eight new state officers will be held during the 88th annual Oklahoma FFA Convention April 29 through April 30. State officers travel across the state and nation representing more than 24,000 Oklahoma FFA members. They provide leadership and personal development training for FFA members and make decisions about organizational policy.
“Serving as a state officer is considered one of the greatest honors in the FFA,” said Kent Boggs, state FFA executive secretary. “Officers are expected to be outstanding role models and set the standard for fellow members.”
A nominating committee interviewed 43 candidates in early February and narrowed the field of candidates to three for each of the seven offices up for election. The eighth race is for state president. The two candidates in this race have served as officers since May 2013. Two delegates from each of Oklahoma’s 354 official chapters will cast the deciding votes during the upcoming convention.
Delegates choose officers based on the candidate’s leadership skills and FFA accomplishments. Each candidate must meet requirements for the State FFA Degree.
The state president, secretary and reporter are elected in a statewide business session, and five district vice presidents are chosen in district meetings.
The new officers will be introduced during the final convention session, Wednesday, April 30, in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education Division of Oklahoma’s CareerTech system. The Oklahoma FFA Association is the fifth largest state association in the nation with more than 24,598 members.
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.