Lakeview High School recent graduate, Salem Johnson, recently retired from serving this year as 2019-2020 State FFA Area II Vice President. The Louisiana FFA State Officer team consists of ten elected FFA members who serve Louisiana FFA as youth ambassadors for The National FFA Organization and agriculture. Salem was elected in June 2019 after completing several interview rounds at Louisiana FFA State Convention held in Alexandria, Louisiana. Upon election, Salem and 9 other state office team members began their training as state officers facilitated by the National FFA Organization.
Their summer training immediately began after State FFA Convention with Base Camp where the team focused on areas such as sound character, positive influence, professionalism, and time management. Their next training was Checkpoint where they were able to collaborate with Mississippi and Alabama state FFA officers and focus on creating successful workshops, public speaking, conversation skills, and team dynamics. Another training, State Officer Summit, was completed in Washington D.C. that focused on serving as an advocate for agriculture and FFA, as well as communicating clear messages related to agriculture and FFA.
These trainings prepared the state officer team to facilitate a leadership camp open to all Louisiana FFA members during the course of 3 weeks of summer. Salem created and presented workshops to FFA members as well as met with Louisiana agriculture teachers from all areas of the state. Throughout the year, she visited over 15 FFA Chapters across the state to recruit FFA members, provide leadership training to chapter officers, and celebrate chapter accomplishments. In October, she served as a voting delegate at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo to make decisions that will effect over 700,000 FFA members. Salem took advantage of the opportunity to travel abroad with International Leadership Seminar for State Officers through National FFA, along with 70 selected state officers from around the nation, to study agriculture in Spain and Portugal for 2 weeks. Salem and her team advocated for FFA and agriculture throughout the year by meeting with stakeholders, conducting conferences, and helping facilitate career and leadership development events. Due to Covid-19, Louisiana FFA’s state officer team faced many challenges during the end of their year to serve, one being the 2020 State FFA Convention. Salem and her team conducted the first ever virtual Louisiana FFA State Convention, where they presented their retiring addresses, acknowledged FFA member accomplishments, and recognized chapter achievements. The newly elected state officer team was officially installed at the conclusion of banquet, allowing Salem and her team to retire from their year of service. Salem will be attending Louisiana State University pursuing a degree in Agricultural Leadership and Development.
Salem’s Retiring Address and Convention sessions can be viewed on Louisiana FFA’s Youtube Channel.
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