Steven Vekony, a member of the Byng FFA chapter, is a candidate for state FFA president.

Elections for eight new state officers will be held during the 87th Oklahoma FFA Convention on April 30-May 1.  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.

A nominating committee interviewed 40 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 four candidates in this race served as officers in 2012-2013.  Two delegates from each of Oklahoma’s 352 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.

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

The new officers will be introduced during the final convention session, Wednesday, May 1, in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education division in Oklahoma’s CareerTech system.  With more than 24,000 members, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fifth-largest state FFA association. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about the Oklahoma FFA, visit http://okffa.org or follow @ffaok on Twitter.