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Wyoming FFA selects 2020-2021 State Officers

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On June 26, nine youth leaders in agriculture were selected by a nominating committee to serve the Wyoming FFA Association. 

The newly elected officer team is President Cameron Magee of the Casper FFA, Vice President Tyler Juma of the Torrington/Lingle FFA, Second Vice President Payton Timberman of the Whitcomb FFA, Third Vice President Kylie Carson of the Southeast FFA, Secretary Danielle Erickson of the Star Valley FFA, Treasurer Audrey Axtell of the Thermopolis FFA, Reporter Kodi Christensen of the Shoshoni FFA, Sentinel Kahley Sipe of the John B. Kendrick FFA and Parliamentarian Elsa Friese of the Buffalo FFA. 

While the election process was different from previous years, Wyoming FFA has no doubt this team will do great things for the association. 

“I am proud of all 18 state officer candidates who remained dedicated to the election process throughout the changes we’ve endured this year,” says State Advisor Stacey Broda. “It was enjoyable to see everybody during interviews, and we are excited to get started with this team.” 

Over the next year, these students will help organize and host events, conduct leadership workshops and serve as ambassadors for Wyoming FFA and the agriculture industry. Other responsibilities include promoting agricultural literacy and providing opportunities for personal growth for FFA members. 

“State officers are the public face of the Wyoming FFA Association,” says Broda. “They serve as the bridge between local FFA chapters and the state organization as well as provide input in decision making and represent Wyoming FFA at local, state and national events.”

Some of this year’s events will likely look different than in year’s past, like National FFA Convention with a virtual presentation, but the current state of the world provides the 2020-2021 state officers a unique opportunity to showcase their leadership skills in a different light. 

Incoming State FFA President Cameron Magee shared she is excited for the connections she will make at the Wyoming State Fair this year, as many activities state officers take part in have been affected by the coronavirus. 

“Visiting different FFA chapters around the state is really what I look forward to the most,” she says. 

Magee was raised on her family’s hay farm outside of Glenrock. She describes her decision to run for the office, saying, “The FFA has given me so much. I have grown as both a leader and a person, and I want to return the favor to the association that has done a lot for me.” 

Vice President Tyler Juma echoed the sentiment. 

He says, “FFA turned me into who I am. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.” 

Juma’s family raises bucking bulls, along with running a feedlot in Torrington and managing their farmland in Nebraska.  

Both officers expressed their excitement for serving the members of the Wyoming FFA Association and sharing their passion for agriculture education and leadership with students around the state. 

“I am excited to be more than just a member and be a part of a larger purpose with my team,” says Magee. 

            Averi Reynolds is the editor for the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to roundup@wylr.net.

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