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Indiana FFA State Officer Team 2017-2018 Installed


Previously slated FFA Officer team elected into Indiana FFA State Office.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (June 22, 2017)The 2017-18 Indiana FFA State Officer slate was approved by majority vote Thursday afternoon as the 88th Indiana State FFA Convention at Purdue University came to a close. The seven individuals, previously slated by a committee of peers, were installed at the sixth, and final session, of this year’s convention.

The 2017-18 Indiana State FFA Officer Team

President: Claire Baney, Hamilton Southeastern FFA

Secretary: Emily Kilmer, Tri-County FFA

Northern Region Vice President: Owen Coon, North Montgomery FFA

Southern Region Vice President: Wyatt Law, Hoosier Hills FFA

Treasurer: Cole Pearson, Delphi FFA

Reporter: Natalie Taylor, Hope FFA

Sentinel: Grant Sanchez, Fairfield FFA

Officers begin their term beginning Thursday, June 22, 2017 and will conclude at the 89th Annual Indiana State FFA Convention to be held June 18-21, 2018 on the campus of Purdue.

Indiana FFA Announces 2017-18 State Officer Slate

The individuals selected for state officer positions have been announced and await approval.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (June 21, 2017)The 2017-18 Indiana FFA State Officer slate was posted Wednesday evening following the conclusion of the fifth session of the 88th Indiana State FFA Convention at Purdue University. These seven individuals have been chosen by a committee of peers and will be voted for approval at the sixth session of the convention to take place on the morning of Thursday, June 22. If elected, these individuals will serve as officers for the Indiana FFA Organization in the coming year.

The slate is as follows:

 President: Claire Baney, Hamilton Southeastern FFA

Secretary: Emily Kilmer, Tri-County FFA

North Region Vice President: Owen Coon, North Montgomery FFA

South Region Vice President: Wyatt Law, Hoosier Hills FFA

Treasurer: Cole Pearson, Delphi FFA

Reporter: Natalie Taylor, Hope FFA

Sentinel: Grant Sanchez, Fairfield FFA


More information regarding the slate will be released following its approval.


Make a Difference!


Whether you’re the state president or sitting with a peer that was alone at lunch, it’s making a difference. FFA is an organization based upon making a difference: making a difference for your peers, your school, your community, and your world.

The first General Session, held on June 20th, kicked off convention with keynote speaker Grant Baldwin. Baldwin has spoken to thousands of FFA members at 19 different FFA conventions about making that difference.

He began his career as a youth pastor and used it as a starting point for his motivational speeches. Baldwin was introduced to a couple of professional speakers and found a new career path. He began to find his ‘voice’ and share his message.

Grant explained that when making a difference there are two steps. Step number one being taking responsibility. He stated, “Stop assuming someone else will do it or take care of it. We have the mindset that we see something that bother us, but it doesn’t bother us enough to change it. Stop waiting for someone else to do it. Take responsibility.”

He followed with his second step, starting small. He explained that small things make large impacts. He explained, “Making a difference means starting small. You might do something that means nothing to you but everything to someone else.”

Baldwin explained that having a different voice has occurred within his own life, with his own daughter. “I’ll say something and it just won’t click, but when she hears it from someone else it does. I said that, but she didn’t hear my ‘voice,’” he explained.

In terms of relaying his message to FFA member comments, “For some students they hear similar stuff from their advisors or their parents, but when they hear it from someone like me it’s more like it’s coming from like a big brother, that type of vibe. And then it clicks or resonates differently than in the past.”

He concluded the interview by challenging the “Blue Mafia” to transform and make a difference. He stated, “My biggest thing is to really encourage members to take action. I think the danger is that it is really easy to hear a talk and to laugh, to nod, and to play along, but not do nothing different, then we have kinda wasted our time. So what are you going to do differently as a result? That would be my big challenge: take some sort of small action.”


Indiana FFA recognizes Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service Recipients

Six members of the agriculture education community tabbed for exceptional service to Indiana FFA.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (June 21, 2017)Indiana FFA recognized six people for their dedication to agriculture education and FFA at the 88th Indiana FFA State Convention on Wednesday. Brad Acton, Stacey Hartley, Mel Lenig, and Tamara Neighbors were recognized as Honorary Degree Recipients, while Duane Huge and Ben Helms were tabbed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Brad Acton has been an employee of the Indiana FFA Leadership Center for the past seven years where he plays a key role in the maintenance and upkeep throughout the year. Brad dedicates himself day in and day out to maintain the facilities at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center, which is home to our 12,501 Indiana FFA members.

A middle school agriculture education teacher at Lebanon High School, Mrs. Stacey Hartley has played a vital role in the development and success of both the middle school and high school FFA chapters. Increasing the pipeline of incoming teachers, Mrs. Hartley has influenced numerous students to pursue a degree in agriculture education. She was named IAAE’s District IV Teacher of the Year and Lebanon’s School Corporation’s Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Mel Lenig has been an agriculture educator for 34 years. He has been involved in many activities that has furthered agriculture in both his local community and the state of Indiana, where he has taught over 6,000 students at Penn High School. In 2007, Mr. Lenig was named Indiana’s Agriculture Educator of the Year and has even been invited to the White House twice by two different Presidents as a National Finalist and a National Winner of the Building Our American Communities Program.

Currently serving as the Executive Director of Indiana FFA, Miss Tamara Neighbors began her career in agricultural education at Mount Vernon High School where she taught for six years. She worked to develop a chapter that focused on growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture.  She has worked diligently to put more structure within the FFA and has launched a five-year strategic plan that should serve as the template for the Association’s operations in the future.

After 41 years of teaching agriculture classes, Mr. Ben Helms retired from teaching in 2016. Mr. Helms taught at L&M High School for two years, and taught at Bloomfield High School for 39 years, where he was only the second Ag teacher ever to teach at Bloomfield High School since its inception in 1949. Mr. Helms served as the dorm counselor at Indiana FFA State Convention for 25 years. During his career, he has spent many hours at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center maintaining, detailing, and building structures around the facility.

Mr. Duane Huge has served as an agricultural educator for a combined 32 years at Cloverdale High School and Danville High School.  He has had several State Star Recipients, three National Proficiency Finalists and one Winner. Mr. Huge also has one National Soils Evaluation Winning Team.  Because of his leadership, Danville will be adding a middle school program and second teacher in the fall of 2017. In his local community, he is a member of the Cloverdale School Board, Hendricks County Farm Bureau Board, Danville High School Department Head and has coordinated and developed multiple service events

The Honorary Degree is to recognize teachers who have created high-quality agricultural education programs which inspire and motivate their students to strive for success and individuals who have provided exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education, or FFA. The Distinguished Service Award recognize those who have gone above and beyond for agriculture education and FFA on all levels, who have previously been awarded the Honorary Degree.