Seven new FFA members were selected to lead Indiana FFA in 2013-2014 when Cameron Mann, 2012-2013 president, tapped her gavel marking the passage of a motion to accept the slate from the nominating committee. The motion passed by a wide margin, with only a few people dissenting. Most were from chapters that were home to a candidate not selected on the slate.
Sixteen individuals spent two days with a nominating committee of 9 people, going through various activities so the committee could assess who they thought would be the best team of individuals to lead Indiana FFA for the next year. The new slate of officers includes: Allie Abney, Franklin FFA, president; Kayla Hoenert, North Posey FFA, secretary; Rebekah Frey, Prairie Heights FFA, northern region vice president; Ethan McNeely, Scottsburg FFA, southern region vice-president; Cameron Frazier, Riverton Parke FFA, treasurer; Shelby Sigman, Benton Central FFA, reporter; and Sarah Dirksen, Jay County FFA, sentinel.
Some 2,750 people attended the convention this year at Purdue University. About 180 delegates, two each from close to 100 schools, were registered for the delegate session and voted to accept the slate. There are 192 chapters and over 10,000 FFA members in Indiana.
Cameron Mann, Cloverdale, the retiring president, handed the gavel to Abney, who finished the session Thursday afternoon. The new officers will move into their housing this weekend, and get off to a fast start with training for their new roles over the next two weeks.
The officers are responsible for setting up and running the Indiana State Fair in August. The Titan Tire Auction held at the Farm Progress Show will follow closely on the heels of the Indiana State Fair this year. Indiana FFA typically nets about $30,000 for their half of that event. Illinois FFA receives the other half. Look for more details on the auction later.