Laurel Hill student vying for state Future Farmers of America post

Ashley McLeod

Ashley McLeod

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 03:09 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Laurel Hill School senior Ashley McLeod, 18, hopes to serve as a Florida Future Farmers of America Association’s state officer.

"As a state officer, I would act as an ambassador for Florida agriculture," she said. "I even get to travel around the nation through different opportunities."

State officer qualification requires each candidate to earn enough points during a rigorous screening process spanning interviews with FFA officials, individual and group problem-solving exercises and a written exam.   

McLeod will compete with a Blountstown FFA member to represent area one of Florida, which covers Escambia to Bay county.   

Candidates will learn election results during a June 10-14 state FFA convention in Orlando. During this event, candidates will continue to campaign by handing out resumes and business cards, along with delivering campaign speeches. Results will be announced June 14.

Jerry Gregory, McLeod’s FFA instructor, praised the teenager’s enthusiasm. 

"No student has ever approached their FFA career with the desire and determination that Ashley has exhibited,” he said.

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