Nick Baker of the Baxter Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter at Upperman High School was elected Secretary for the National FFA Organization during the National FFA Convention held recently in Louisville.
A mere six FFA members are chosen annually from among more than 629,000 members nationally to serve as officers for the organization. Delegates elect a president, secretary and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern, and western regions of the country.
National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public, and more.
During the convention, more than 65,000 FFA members from across the country gathered in Louisville to compete in various Career Development Events ranging from prepared public speaking to dairy cattle judging, attend leadership workshops, and attend general sessions. The convention was aired live on RFDTV.
Baker becomes the 14th National FFA Officer from Tennessee in the organization’s 88 year history. He is the third consecutive Tennessean to be elected carrying on a recent streak of success for the Volunteer State. In fact, in the past seven years Tennessee has seen five of its candidates elected. Among those recently elected is Mitch Baker, Nick’s elder brother, who served as Secretary in 2013-14.
Nick is the son of Phillip and Chris Baker of Cookeville. He is a 2014 Upperman High School graduate and is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville studying agriculture.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Nationally, there are 629,367 FFA members, aged 12-21. The Tennessee FFA Association is comprised of more than 14,000 members from 214 high school chapters, 7 middle school chapters, and 8 collegiate chapters. To learn more about FFA visit www.tnffa.org.