Odden elected state FFA sentinel
What started as simply “what everyone was doing” made Rugby High School graduate Keylee Odden into the 41st person from the Rugby FFA chapter to be elected to a state FFA office.
“At first I started because everyone was doing it,” Odden said, “but then I discovered a lot from it and you can get a lot of career opportunities. I thought I was going to be a doctor, but this year I changed my major to agribusiness.”
Odden was elected to the office of State Sentinel at the 2014 State FFA Convention, held June 2-6 in Fargo.
As a state officer, it’s not just fun and games. Officers go around the state and talk about FFA and advocate for agriculture.
“We’re working at the State Fair, working the live auction and showing off the projects that the kids have put together,” Odden said.
In late September to early October, Odden and other state officers will play roles in district leadership meetings. At the meetings they will be in charge of assemblies and contests in various districts. In late October, they will represent North Dakota at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, and they will serve on committees.
State officers are also expected to develop and implement the FFA 101 Leadership Development Conference, and develop and implement cooperative activities for the 212 and 360 Leadership Development Conferences- which are held in the winter. The 101 conference is a state FFA-originated, first-class program for middle school to freshman students, while the 212 and 360 conferences come from the national FFA and are for upperclassmen to develop leadership skills.
Officers also individually preside over sessions at the State Convention before the end of their terms, per the State FFA Officer Handbook.
For Odden and the local FFA chapter, it’s a big deal.
“It’s awesome,” said Rick Vannett, chapter advisor and local agriculture instructor. “She’s the 41st person from Rugby to become a state officer, the most of any chapter in the state.”
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