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Sibley-Ocheyedan graduate gets top FFA post

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Steven Brockshus, a 2011 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, was elected the National FFA Central Region Vice President Saturday in the final session of the 86th annual convention in Louisville, Ky. More than 56,000 FFA members from across the country, including dozens of youths from southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, were in attendance.

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Brockshus, majoring in agricultural education and global resource systems at Iowa State University, joins a six-member officer team to lead the agricultural leadership organization during the coming year. At the helm is Brian Walsh, of Virginia, serving as president; Mitch Baker of Tennessee as secretary; Jackson Harris of Alabama as Southern Region vice president; Wes Davis of West Virginia as Eastern Region vice president; and Jason Wetzler of Oregon as Western Region vice president.

National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders and the general public. The team will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy. There are nearly 580,000 student members of the FFA in grades 7-12 who belong to one of 7,570 chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.