During Wednesday “man on the street” style interviews about the Indiana FFA state convention at Purdue in West Lafayette, Cameron Frazier of the Riverton Parke FFA chapter stepped up to the mic. It just so happened that he was one of 16 members hoping to make the final cut and spend the next year as a state officer.
“Sometimes I feel confident and sometimes I don’t but I’ve done the very best I can so I don’t hold anything back and I have no regrets. So whatever happens I’m going to be proud.”
Frazier was very relaxed about 24 hours before the new officers will be introduced and the experience of running for state office has been his most memorable after four years of attending the state convention.
“I’ll never forget running for state office with 16 individuals that are the best in my opinion in the Indiana FFA right now. We all share something and we’re so close now and I can’t wait to see what happens. Whoever the new officers are I’m going to be so happy for them.”
He said one positive about this convention has been learning some new things.
Late Tuesday night HAT learned that the year ahead might become the most memorable thing about FFA for Frazier. He made the cut and is slated as the next treasurer for Indiana FFA.
Sydney Mumma is from the Heritage chapter and she is running for secretary of Disctrict III. Her 3rd state convention has been a busy one.
“We did food science and farm business management, and we had an ag sales team and I coached our quiz bowl team for state. I’ve had a lot of fun seeing people and seeing everyone experience their first year at convention. We’ve got a lot of first time people in our chapter and it’s great to see all the things that they get to experience and experience it with them for the first time.”
Jason Braden from the LaVille FFA chapter is experiencing his first convention.
“I’ve enjoyed it very much,” he said. “I enjoyed the first general session and seeing the people get all the awards for the hard work and just going around to the leadership conferences.”
Joining Frazier on the 2013-14 officer slate is: Allie Abney of Franklin FFA for President; Secretary Kayla Hoenert from North Posey FFA; Rebecca Frey of Prairie Heights FFA for Northern Region Vice President; Ethan McNeely of Scottsburg FFA for Southern Region Vice President; Reporter Shelby Sigman from Benton Central FFA; and Sarah Dirksen from Jay County FFA for Sentinel.
The election will be held Thursday and this year’s convention concludes with the introduction of the new officer team.
HAT thanks Joel Wicker, president of the Tri High FFA chapter for conducting the interviews. See them in the video section of the HAT App for iPhone and Android.