POSTED 5/23/2013Sophomore named FFA District 5 president
A member of the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville-based chapter of the FFA has been named as a state officer of the organization. St. Johnsville Junior-Senior High School sophomore Kaitlyn Isaac was recently named president for District 5, which covers the area between Amsterdam and East Syracuse.
Isaac, who has been an FFA member since the sixth grade, was selected for the position through an application process which included an interview and a speech.
“The FFA is my go-to place. I’ve made connections with people and have gained experiences that I would have by just going to school every day,” Isaac said. “I’m very proud to represent the organization.”
Mohawk Valley FFA chapter adviser Christopher Smith, the Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville agriculture teacher, said this is a great accomplishment for Isaac.
“This is great for both her and the community,” he said. “We haven’t had a state officer from here in at least 15 years. Being a state officer will provide Kaitlyn many opportunities to grow as a leader."
Smith said as a state officer Isaac will help develop and implement a statewide leadership conference for FFA members and attend events such as Governmental Awareness Day in Albany and the National FFA Conference in Kentucky.
The Mohawk Valley FFA chapter is based in Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville. The Mohawk Valley chapter was formed four years ago when the St. Johnsville FFA expanded to include students from Oppenheim-Ephratah.
“We’re extremely proud of Kaitlyn and all the FFA students,” Superintendent Laura Lawrence said. “The FFA program is one example of how Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville have cooperated throughout the years and Kaitlyn’s appointment to a state office is a testament to the success of the program. I’m certain Kaitlyn will shine in this leadership position.”
According to its website, the FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Caption: Kaitlyn Isaac and FFA adviser Christopher Smith.