Shocked, overwhelmed and excited is how Shelby Faulkner of the A.B. Graham Ohio High Point FFA described her feelings when her name was announced as the new president of the Ohio FFA during the final session of the 84th Ohio FFA State Convention on Friday, May 4.
“I am anticipating an amazing year,” said Faulkner shortly after the final gavel at the 2012 State FFA Convention. “Each new officer is going to do a great job and we are ready to go out and serve the members.”
Faulkner has a year under her belt as a State Officer, serving this past year as State Sentinel, an experience that Shelby believes has prepared her to serve as State President.
“What has best prepared me for this office is the entire past year,” Faulkner said. “I never knew what was coming at me, I had to learn to be adaptable and overcome whatever came my way.”
Joining Faulkner on the 2012-2013 State Officer team will be Sarah Bookman of the Hillsdale FFA, State Vice President. “It is something that I have always wanted to do, but not something I always thought I would do, so it’s very exciting.”
Craig Berning of the Anna FFA was elected State Secretary. “I’m anticipating a great year with FFA members and I am so blessed to serve as their State Secretary.”
The new State Reporter is Daniel Zimmerman of the Edgewood- Butler Tech FFA. “It a big relief, I’ve been working for it for months now, it’s a huge relief, I’m excited, really excited to serve.”
Erin Wollett of the Centerburg FFA was elected State Treasurer. “I think it will be great, I think we’ll come up with some great things for the Ohio FFA members and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Adam Rine of the East Knox FFA is the new State Sentinel. “I never thought I would be able to say that I was an Ohio FFA anything, anything other than a Chapter officer,” said Rine. “It was very nerve wracking, but it’s a huge relief and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and what we can do to promote agriculture as the new officer team.”
And for those FFA members around the state, State President Shelby Faulkner wanted to share something else.
“FFA members, get ready because this is going to be one awesome year,” said Faulkner.