Post written by Haley Warner, Agricultural Communication student.
Having your name called to be a California State FFA officer is one of the most exhilarating feelings in the entire world, and not having your name called is one of the worst. I have experienced both. I wouldn’t have asked it to be any other way.
You see, within this last year of having lost State Office, I have learned more about myself than I ever have. I realized what it took to be a leader. I realized that a leader is someone who does not let one fall-back or failure define them, instead they use it as a growing experience. With that said, I decided to run again because of my love for the members and my new purpose to lead, inspire and appreciate the entire California FFA organization.
Three weeks ago in Fresno, California, at the 86th annual California State FFA Leadership Conference I was elected the 2014-2015 California State FFA Vice President. I am truly honored. The idea that the members believe in our team’s ability to serve them for the coming year is beyond humbling. I cannot wait to embark on my year of service.
Having spent the last year at Cal Poly I have been able to experience service outside of the blue and gold jacket. Last week at the State FFA Judging Finals it was amazing to see both ends of the spectrum. I was able to witness the hard work of the thousands of FFA members toward their various Career Development Events and on the other side, I saw the toil of Cal Poly students and faculty willing to put on such an impressive event for the betterment of others.
As a member of both the FFA and Mustang family, there are no words to express my enthusiasm for the upcoming year and how appreciative I am for all of the love and support. I am fortunate to call myself a Mustang and so incredibly blessed to serve the California FFA Association for the coming year.