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February 13, 2014

Byng FFA members named state candidates

Byng — Two members of the Byng FFA chapter, Wyatt Shaw and Chanse Alexander, have been named candidates for state FFA office.  Alexander is a candidate for state FFA secretary; Shaw is a candidate for southeast district vice president.

Elections for eight new state officers will be held during the 88th annual Oklahoma FFA convention April 29-30. State officers travel across the state and nation, representing more than 24,000 Oklahoma FFA members.  

They provide leadership and personal development training for FFA members and make decisions about organizational policy.

“Serving as a state officer is considered one of the greatest honors in the FFA,” said Kent Boggs, state FFA executive secretary. “Officers are expected to be outstanding role models and set the standard for fellow members.”

A nominating committee interviewed 43 candidates in early February and narrowed the field of candidates to three for each of the seven offices up for election.  The eighth race is for state president.  The two candidates in this race have served as officers since May 2013. Two delegates from each of Oklahoma’s 354 official chapters will cast the deciding votes during the upcoming convention.  

Delegates choose officers based on the candidate’s leadership skills and FFA accomplishments.  

Each candidate must meet requirements for the state FFA degree.

The state president, secretary and reporter are elected in a statewide business session, and five district vice presidents are chosen in district meetings.

The new officers will be introduced during the final convention session Wednesday, April 30, in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

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