6/18/2014 8:25:00 AM Zambrano to lead as State FFA vice president
Maddie Zambrano, a 2014 Chino Valley High School graduate, will serve as the State FFA vice president this coming school year, as she attends the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Special to the Review
Two Yavapai County FFA student members, one from Chino Valley, have been elected to the Arizona FFA's highest office.
On June 8 at the University of Arizona, in front of a thousand of their peers during the AZFFA's Student Leadership Conference, Colton Elmer and Madalyn Zambrano were installed as AZFFA State Officers.
Elmer, a recent graduate of Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, was elected as president; Zambrano a recent graduate of Chino Valley High School was elected as vice president. Both Elmer and Zambrano were president of their school's FFA chapters, and will be attending the University of Arizona in Tucson in the fall.
Zambrano said she is excited about the position and has several important goals.
"Being an Arizona State FFA Officer has been a dream of mine since I joined the FFA in seventh grade," Zambrano said. "It's an honor to serve along side this great team and to serve my fellow FFA members. I'm so excited!"
Potential state officer candidates submitted a lengthy application, then June 3-5, they endured a grueling interview and election process that included interviews, presenting workshops, speeches, testing on the knowledge of the agriculture industry and FFA, and an AG Issues round where they discussed hot topics in the industry. There were 19 original applicants and 10 installed officers.
Elmer, 19, and Zambrano, 18, will travel the state and country for the next year with their fellow state officers visiting and speaking at FFA chapters, conferences and meetings. They also will gain extensive training and practical experience.
Zambrano is ready to take what's she's learned through FFA and in life to pass on to others in the coming year.
"My theme as the Chino Valley FFA president, and now Arizona Association FFA vice president has been and will be 'Make It Matter,'" she said. "This was a saying of my former youth pastor and Granite Mountain Hotshot, Clayton Whitted, who used to say that all the time. I hope that I can inspire others to find their passions in life, and find their voice, through the FFA just as other past state officers did for me. I hope to help educate the public on the FFA organization and American agriculture. Above all, I hope to make this year matter."
The National FFA Organization is the largest youth organization in the world. People can get more information at www.FFA.org, and about the Arizona FFA at www.AZFFA.org.