New State FFA officer team
Ten new State FFA officers were named Wednesday night during the Wisconsin State FFA Convention in Madison.
The new team will work throughout the year to promote the agricultural industry and agricultural education, while assisting members in leadership and personal development. They will also assist in FFA operations and decision making for the organization.
Kayla Hack will lead the group as state president after completing a year on the state officer team.
Nathan Overby of Section 1, Amery FFA, will serve as parliamentarian. His parents are Thomas and Lorrie Overby.
His Supervised Agricultural Experience program involves working for Goldstar Cooperative, which later merged with Countryside Cooperative.
He says, “FFA is not an organization that exist only in high school, it stays with its members, helping them every step of the way in their lives.”
He is a firm believer that the FFA is an organization that helps with career preparation, leadership building and self-improvement for students.
As secretary, Zachary Markhardt of the Black River Falls FFA also promotes FFA. He says, “By unlocking your potential worries, fears fly out the rearview mirror. Obstacles suddenly don’t look so threatening.”
He believes in working together and is looking forward to the coming year as a state officer.
He is the son of Brad and Annette Markhardt and his father is also his agricultural instructor and FFA advisor.
Nathan Zimdars of the Ripon FFA chapter is the new state FFA treasurer. He is the son of Terry and Norine Zimdars.
He understands the value and benefits that agricultural education and FFA have given him. As a state officer he plans to give back to the organization.
He says, “I wish to someday bring the same inspiration, compassion, and knowledge that educators and advisors have provided me.”
Bethany Rieth of Oconto Falls FFA is the new state sentinel. The daughter of Jim and Sandra Rieth, she has had a passion for FFA since she was very young.
She says, “One of my earliest childhood memories was a time I was standing in my parent’s closet as they showed me their FFA jackets. Since then FFA has been a part of my life.”
The new state FFA reporter is Joanna Wavrunek of the Denmark FFA Chapter. Her parents are Jim and Josy Wavrunek.
She believes “Input in life determines output.”
She demonstrated her dedication through over 200 hours of community service and as state officer she plans to meet and interact with members across the state to help develop their full potential in the FFA organization.
The officer team also includes several vice-presidents who represent members in their respective districts.
Emily Watson, daughter of Nathan and Diane Watson, is from the Elkhorn FFA Chapter in Section 10.
Aaron Zimmerman, son of Mark and Cheryl Zimmerman, Spencer, is a representative of members in District 7. His dad is also his FFA advisor and his mother is state FFA director.
Logan Wells of Monroe FFA represents members in district 5. He is the son of Kevin and Chris Wells.
Nicholas Huffman of the Pecatonica FFA Chapter represents members in District 4. He is the son of Tim and Nancy Huffman.
Gabes Rabb of the New Richmond FFA represents members in District 2 FFA.
The Wisconsin Association of FFA is a leading student organization due to the efforts of more than 18,000 students across the state.
With a focus on premier leadership, personal growth and career success students’ FFA activities complement agricultural classroom instruction by giving them an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience.
These activities are dependent on donor funding through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.