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July 15, 2013
by Cassa Niedringhaus
Two Colorado State University students - Kayla Calvin and Alison Seedorf - have been selected to serve as 2013-2014 Colorado FFA state officers.
Kayla Calvin, a sophomore Animal Science and Agriculture Business double major, will serve on the executive committee of Colorado’s Future Farmers of America. Alison Seedorf, a junior Agriculture Business and Agriculture Education double major, will serve as vice president. The CSU students were among 21 students vying for the 10 officer positions. They went through an intensive interview process and were announced as officers at the 85th annual Colorado FFA State Convention at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling at the beginning of June.
Seedorf has been involved in FFA since her freshman year of high school, continuing an FFA tradition in her family.
“I became involved in FFA because I have always been interested in agriculture, and the FFA provides a supportive outlet for me to explore prospective agricultural occupations,” she said. “FFA is a tradition in my family, as my father, uncle, grandfather and great uncle were all past Colorado FFA State Officers.”
Seedorf said her time at CSU helped her to realize all that FFA has to offer, and she decided to seek an officer position to share this knowledge and make an impact on members.
“Being selected was very humbling to me,” Seedorf said. “I am truly blessed to be a part of an amazing state officer team. Knowing that the nominating committee deemed me qualified for the position excites me, and I cannot wait for the year we have ahead of us.”
Calvin said she too became involved in FFA her freshman year of high school, and it provided her with leadership opportunities and the chance to learn skills she could apply to everyday life. Her involvement in FFA was one of the main reasons she chose to attend CSU because it allowed her to continue this involvement.
“Colorado State University has many ties with the Colorado FFA program,” Calvin said. “CSU hosts state FFA career development competitions, helps students pursue a state office position in FFA if they choose, has an Ag ambassador program, and provides reciprocal teaching with the academic programs.”
Calvin and Seedorf both said they are excited to meet, build relationships with and represent the nearly 6,000 Colorado FFA members. Their duties will include acting as spokespeople for FFA, building relationships with FFA partners and acting as role models for members.
“I look forward to meeting all the members most,” Calvin said. “I am very excited to be serving them and wouldn’t be in the position I am if it weren’t for them.”
College of Agricultural Sciences Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs Ruben Flores said CSU and FFA have a strong working relationship, which benefits students. He said CSU has a strong presence at national FFA conventions, and FFA provides good opportunities for CSU students to network, gain leadership skills and get practical experience.
Calvin and Seedorf join a long list of CSU students who have become FFA state officers, Flores said. Their positions will allow them leadership experience in which they can build relationships with members and network with agriculture industry leaders.
“Alison and Kayla will have the opportunity to travel around the state and internationally to represent Colorado,” Flores said. “It will be huge for them.”