Hayden Selected as National FFA Officer Candidate
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/19/2019
Wisconsin has chosen its candidate to run for a national FFA officer position later this fall. Amelia Hayden from the Big Foot FFA has been selected to run for the job, in which she will compete for one of six spots in the country to help run the National FFA Organization and lead youth members for a year.
Though Amelia didn't grow up on a farm, she enjoyed participating in agriculture classes in high school, which led to her competing at a high level in agriscience fairs and speaking contests. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience program also included work in
agriscience research in animal and integrated systems. One of her class projects consisted of figuring out possible ways to eliminate peanut allergies.
Prior to serving as the 2018-19 State FFA President, Hayden was one of the state vice presidents the year prior. One of her most successful accomplishments was graduating from high school two years early in 2017 at the age of 16.
"Serving as a state officer during each of the past two years helped me learn a lot of technical skills, which will help prepare me for running for national office," Hayden told Wisconsin Ag Connection. "But now it's time for me to really reflect on my character and what I can truly offer to the organization as a national officer."
Hayden is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in microbiology. She's hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alicia Hodnik, who is another Big Foot Union High School alum who served as state FFA president in 2010 prior to being elected as a national officer of the youth organization.
Each state is allowed to send one national officer candidate to the convention.