TRENTON, N.J. — Four chapters from around the state are represented in the 2020-2021 State FFA officer team that was elected as part of the 91st Annual State FFA Convention, which concluded May 22 as a virtual event. The state officers represent New Jersey FFA at several state and national functions throughout the year, including visiting FFA chapters throughout New Jersey.
The new officers with the chapters they represent are Talia Priore (Woodstown), State President; Abigail Goodenough (Northern Burlington), State Vice-President; Elizabeth Stenard, (Freehold), State Treasurer; Jacob Dotson, (Northern Burlington), State Parliamentarian; Alexis Hutson, (Northern Burlington), State Secretary; Kayleen Kollasch, (Northern Burlington), State Reporter; Katelyn Duell, (Salem Tech), State Sentinel.
“Being a state officer comes with responsibility as well as it being a tremendous honor,” said New Jersey State FFA Advisor and Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Education Program Leader Erin Noble. “I’m confident that this group will continue the tradition of previous state FFA officer teams by representing new Jersey FFA as outstanding ambassadors during events in New Jersey as well as nationally.”
Some of the state officer duties include assisting chapters in the execution of their program of activities; encouraging FFA members to participate in food, agriculture and natural resources education and FFA programs; maintaining positive relations with members, the agribusiness sector, the public and others interested in agricultural education; traveling to FFA chapters around the state 2-3 times per month; assisting at career development events, including fall, spring, and summer; and representing the New Jersey FFA Association at events of other state agricultural organizations.
FFA is a component of a food, agriculture and natural resources program of instruction that prepares students to pursue fulfilling careers in the business, science, education and technology of agriculture. There are more than 2,300 FFA members in New Jersey and nearly 670,000 members across the nation.
For more information about New Jersey Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Education and the state FFA program visit http://www.jerseyageducation.nj.gov/. Also keep up to date with New Jersey FFA news on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NJFFA/, Twitter at https://twitter.com/NJFFA and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/newjerseyffa.
For information about the national FFA program visit https://www.ffa.org/home.
–Jeff Wolfe, NJDA