They come from Nebraska, Georgia, Florida, California, Alabama, and as close as Kentucky. But Micah Matlock from Indiana didn’t hear his name and state when the new FFA national officer team was announced to close out the 2012 convention and expo. When HAT caught up with him Matlock was poised and keeping the emotions in check.
“I’m pretty good at hiding my emotions. I have a pretty good stone poker face, but it was definitely a rollercoaster ride and adrenaline rush. There are ups and downs, times of excitement, and obviously times of sadness like hugging all the other candidates that did not make it this week and then celebrating with the ones that did. But it was an honor to a part of and an honor to represent Indiana.”
Matlock did make it into the final 24 and the Saturday afternoon introductions closed out a hectic week.
“There’s about 7 rounds in front of a 9-person nominating committee from all across the United States,” he explained, “and 41 candidates came here and interviewed and ran for office. There’s a cut where the top 24 advance and then a team of 6 were elected, and they are 6 outstanding individuals. All 41 of them were the most amazing students I’ve ever met. They were really the cream of the crop.”
Matlock added, “We shared a chapter of our lives together here this week and now it’s turning the page for each and every one of us. It was an amazing journey to share with everybody.”
And for the former Indiana state officer there are no regrets about gunning for a national spot.
“I grew so much just in this week alone, let alone the months I spent preparing for this process,” he said. “Now I’m just ready to go find opportunities in which to serve the agriculture industry and go back to Purdue University and keep receiving an education and hopefully excel in other ways.”[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/10/National-FFA-officer-dream-ends.mp3|titles=National FFA officer dream ends]
Clay Sapp from Florida is the new National FFA president and he is joined on the 2012-13 National FFA Officer team by Kalie Hall of Georgia as national secretary, Joenelle Futrell of Kentucky as Eastern Region vice president, Lindsey Anderson of California as Western Region vice president, Brennan Costello of Nebraska as Central Region vice president and Wiley Bailey from Alabama as Southern Region vice president.