Leading the nation's future farmers
New officers chosen for National FFA Team, Nebraska youth among them
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 7:26 AM
Six students from across the U.S. have been chosen by their peers to help lead and shape the National FFA Organization as national FFA officers in 2012-13.
The new 2012-2013 National FFA Officer Team (l to r): Clay Sapp of Florida as president; Lindsey Anderson, California, Western Region Vice President; Katie Hall, Georgia, Secretary; Brennan Costello, Nebraska, Central Region Vice President; Joenelle Futrell, Kentucy, Eatern Region Vice President and Wiley Baily of Alabama as Southern Region Vice President.
At the conclusion of the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, University of Florida at Gainesville student Clay Sapp was elected to serve as National FFA president.
"It will be my mission to activate change and growth in the National FFA Organization," he says. "I plan to develop strong relationships, be a champion of FFA and agricultural education and seek new ways to strengthen student experiences within FFA."
Joining Sapp on the 2012-13 National FFA Officer team are Kalie Hall of Georgia as national secretary, Joenelle Futrell of Kentucky as Eastern Region vice president, Lindsey Anderson of California as Western Region vice president, Brennan Costello of Nebraska as Central Region vice president and Wiley Bailey as Southern Region vice president.
"My purpose as a national officer will be to engage the potential of FFA members," says Costello. "I want to do more than simply help. Students have the potential. They need to be actively involved in maximizing their potential through classroom learning, experiences and leadership development."
He is a member of the Gothenburg High School FFA chapter in Gothenburg, Neb., which is led by advisor Dan Scherer. In high school, he held FFA titles of state president, chapter vice president and chapter secretary. He also earned more than 15 FFA awards and distinctions at the state, district and chapter levels. He was valedictorian of his graduating class and a member of both the National Honor Society and Sigma Phi Beta Academic Honor Society.
Costello is currently attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he plans to major in agribusiness.
"My career goal is to work in agricultural sales or communications that utilizes my experiences and strengths in customer relations, industry knowledge and operations and program management," he says.
Costello is the son of Steve and Becky Costello.
For the next year, the FFA officers will travel more than 100,000 miles across the country to engage top leaders in business, government and education. The national officers will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members. The team will help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.
"It takes a highly motivated person to become a successful national FFA officer," says National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. "It is an opportunity afforded to just a few of our members. As a national officer, the lives of these six individuals will be non-stop hard work with never-ending commitments where every moment counts."