New Indiana FFA state officers off and running

Pandemic doesn’t deter seven FFA members from starting their state officer year.

Tom J. Bechman

June 22, 2020

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2020-21 Indiana FFA state officers
NEW FFA TEAM: Donning their masks for safety, the 2020-21 FFA state officers are (from left) Blayne Vandeveer, Julia Hamblen, Luc Sproles, Derick Williams, Loren Matlock, Kylie Schakel and Evan Coblentz. Tom J. Bechman

Not even COVID-19 could stop selection and election of a new team of Indiana FFA state officers. The new group of seven was elected during a delegate session during the virtual Indiana FFA State Convention.

FFA members hoping to earn a spot as a 2020-21 state officer were interviewed and screened during an intensive virtual process with the nominating committee shortly before the convention began. The nominating committee’s slate was accepted by the delegate body.

The new officers, office and home chapter are:

  • Julia Hamblen, president, Shelbyville Central

  • Kylie Schakel, secretary, Hamilton Heights

  • Blayne Vandeveer, northern region vice president, Tri-County

  • Loren Matlock, southern region vice president, Eastern Hancock

  • Evan Coblentz, treasurer, Wawasee

  • Derick Williams, reporter, Union City

  • Luc Sproles, sentinel, Frontier

Hamblen is not only Shelbyville Central FFA’s first state president, but also their first state officer. The chapter, part of District 8, was just organized when the school began offering vocational agriculture about three years ago.

The newly elected state officers will spend time in training before taking on their duties, state officials note. It’s not yet been announced what adjustments will be made to their schedule since the Indiana State Fair is not operating this year. Normally, state officers spend about a month setting up, operating and tearing down the Indiana State Fair display.

Look for more information about the new state officers as the year unfolds.



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