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  What Are They Doing Now? An Update from the 2013-2014 State Officer Team
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
     

Hey Arkansas FFA:

 

Is it really almost the New Year? 2015 is sure to bring about many changes in each of our lives – some of us graduating, attending our last State FFA Convention, some about to compete in CDEs and FFA leadership events for the first time, and some of us ready to start on those New Year Resolutions. Just as the New Year brings about many changes, our team experienced a ‘new year’ on June 6, 2014 when we retired from being the Arkansas FFA State Officer Team. It was a bittersweet moment, we knew we had just experienced the best year of our lives, but at the same time knew it was time to let others serve you. Since then, we have all been extremely busy, found ourselves a little more, made some career decisions, and kept up with FFA and the members we love! We attended Chapter President’s Conference to lead workshops, attended National FFA Convention where all six of us received our American FFA Degree and told our ag story at the Tyson Booth at National Convention. Here is what we have individually been up to since June:

 

Hey ya’ll, it’s Lindsey! I really thought that after I retired from state office my schedule would slow, but boy was I wrong! After retiring in June, I dove headfirst into a summer internship with the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab where I worked alongside veterinarians. As much as I love animals and enjoyed working there, I realized it wasn’t my calling. When I returned to Arkansas Tech University, I changed my major to Agricultural Business Public Relations and I haven’t had a single regret. Spending a whole year serving Arkansas FFA made me realize how much I love public speaking, writing, and talking about agriculture. Since starting my sophomore year at ATU, I have loved getting to be even more involved in organizations such as Ag Ambassadors, Agri Club, Collegiate FFA, Presidential Leadership Cabinet, and Zeta Tau Alpha. I also get to design promotional items such as flyers, newsletters, videos, and other presentations for our Department of Agriculture regularly, giving me practice for my future career plans. After I graduate, I hope to work in public relations within the agriculture field continuing to tell the story of agriculture! I miss ya’ll and much love!

 

Hey Arkansas FFA, it’s Mason! Life has been quite different since retiring from state office. I do have a lot more free time on my hands but that also unfortunately means that I'm not spending that time with y'all. My summer consisted of doing some of my favorite pastimes like going to the lake and fishing. It was great to see those of you who came to the workshop Lindsey and I held at Chapter President's Conference this summer! As far as school goes, I am still attending Arkansas State University Beebe and I have one more semester there before I will be transferring to the University of Arkansas. I am currently serving as the Ag Club President at ASU Beebe so look for me if your school attends our judging competition coming up in the next couple of months! I hope each of you has an awesome rest of the school year and I hope to see you soon!

 

Another great semester down at SAU! This is Caleigh here, and I can't believe I'm already half way through my sophomore year of college! When I retired from state office I hoped things would slow down a little but months continue to fly by. Being an Ag Club officer, Presidents Ambassador and having a full class schedule, time passes pretty quickly! Some of my favorite things that I got to participate in this past semester was working the State Fair Hog show with other students in the Ag Department, SAU Rodeo where we worked the concession stand and did a fundraising activity for the Ag Club, and of course the SAU Ag Formal where we two-stepped the night away! This next semester I'm looking forward to going to the Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference, The Poultry Symposium and to seeing some southern district blue jackets on campus for the CDE events held at SAU!

 

This is Megan! I am still at the University of Arkansas in Turf Science and Agribusiness, but I have added an Agricultural Communications minor. I enjoyed seeing many of you at National Convention and the Tyson booth. It was an honor to receive my American Degree. I have been working at the turf research farm to gain experience in the turf industry. I have recently accepted a turf internship in Paramus, New Jersey at the Ridgewood Country Club. I will graduate May of 2016. I am very excited to be working on leadership curriculum for FFA members. I hope my work can further help all of you in your development as young leaders in agriculture. The University of Arkansas Agriculture Education, Communication, and Technology Department is adding a new minor in agricultural leadership. I cannot wait to see what this brings for students in my college. Good luck in all of your pursuits. I hope you all strive and achieve everything you dream for.

 

Sunni here! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday break as much as I am! A lot has happened since I retired; for starters I went back to Bismarck and worked at our local produce stand. I was also given the opportunity to facilitate an AWESOME session at the second annual Chapter President's Conference. My summer seemed to fly and at the beginning of August I headed back to Southern Arkansas University as a Resident Assistant for Honors Hall. School started and I began meeting with my executive board members of the Resident Hall Association to prepare for the upcoming year. As the semester began, I rushed the beautiful ladies of Alpha Sigma Alpha! Although I am the only AG major in my entire sorority, this gives me a chance to share what knowledge I have with my sisters. This semester has been the hardest semester for me but I made the Dean's List and couldn't be more proud. I am still LOVING my degree plan to become an Agricultural Educator and I can't wait until I have the chance to get out in the world and start teaching! Best of luck to everyone as contest seasons begin and know that I'm always here if you need me!

 

Thank you for the best year of my life serving you! This is Taylor and right after State Convention, I moved to Washington, DC for the summer. I interned with one of our United States Congressmen. One of the best parts was giving tours of the Capitol. I was able to give my first tour to the Arkansas Delegation at Washington Leadership Conference. I also attended the Washington, DC FFA Alumni Banquet in July! It was great seeing some familiar faces in DC. Once I moved back to Arkansas I became busy helping my brother show market goats at the fairs. In August, I started my sophomore year at Southern Arkansas University as a President’s Ambassador and Ag Club President. The best part of being a President’s Ambassador is seeing all of you that come to SAU and showing you around campus! I am still majoring in Agricultural Business with my Spanish minor, ¡fantástico! Currently I am preparing to compete in Nashville in February in the National Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet – wish me luck! I love keeping up with you all and wish you luck with the New Year!

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to catch up with us! We love seeing how each of you continues to grow and be successful in FFA. Keep it up and we hope to see you soon!

 

Much love,

 

Lindsey Triplett

Mason Strayhorn

Caleigh Moyer

Megan McMahen
Sunni Wise

Taylor McNeel


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