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Lowville Student Jack Beyer Elected to Serve as New York FFA State President

 

Published: May 13, 2024 at 04:15 p.m.

By: Provided by Lowville FFA Chapter

 

 

Opportunity of a Lifetime Starts Now for Local Student

 

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PHOTO: Jack Beyer - President (Lowville), Taylor Barraclough – Vice President (Schuylerville),

Anna Maxwell - Secretary (Salem), Andrew Curtis-Szalach - Treasurer (Cazenovia),

Noah Davis – Reporter (Greenwich) and Melissa Pratt - Sentinel (Queens)

 

 

Ithaca, NY- When looking back on life, May 4, 2024 may very well stand out as a day to be remembered for one local high school student. Jack Beyer, a Junior at Lowville Academy and Central School and member of the Lowville FFA Chapter, was elected to serve for a year as New York FFA State President leading 12,000 other students for the next year.

 

The FFA, a national youth organization, once known as the Future Farmers of America offers leadership and career development opportunities for students interested in any agriculturally related career. One in five American careers is founded in agriculture and students studying agricultural education in New York high schools are preparing for careers that are essential (food safety), current (“Green” technology and renewable fuels) and lucrative (veterinary science). As an elected state officer, Jack will have the chance to promote these opportunities throughout the state to students, school administrators, businesses and legislators.

 

As an FFA member, Jack took advantage of many of these same opportunities. The leadership skills developed throughout membership in the FFA lead to a talent for speaking, a knowledge of agriculture and the FFA and a passion for servant leadership. As a state FFA officer, Jack will receive over 250 hours of training and spend more than a month on the road over his summer vacation. Appropriately, going along with the convention theme “Forward” Jack will have the opportunity to leave his impact on over 12,000 FFA member state wide throughout his year of service. He will be visiting local schools, facilitating workshops and giving speeches to groups interested in agriculture and education.

 

"FFA is a student-led organization and State FFA Officers and District Presidents are faced with many of the same challenges adults in director roles have: engaging with stakeholders and sponsors, developing conferences and speeches for FFA's members, diving into current issues and making decisions for the good of the organization now and into the future as members of boards and committees, and more." Juleah Tolosky, NY FFA Director said. "Jack and his teammates will spend this year growing themselves to serve others and the actions they take will have impact long after their year of service is complete."

 

Still on an adrenaline high, Jack will begin his year of service with Base Camp training just about a week and a half after being elected. Time-management, workshop facilitation, key message identification, and character-driven decision making will all be explored in depth throughout the three-day conference at the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan, NY. The next day it will be back to school with essays to write and homework to submit. It’s a whirlwind experience but one that will be well worth the challenge. After all, any FFA member knows being elected a state officer is the opportunity of a lifetime.

 

Jack and his team will carry the torch until next year’s convention at the New York State Fairgrounds. The 2025 Convention will mark the 100th time New York FFA members have gathered for their annual convention.

 

 

 

 

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