Bennett to Represent Georgia as Candidate for National FFA Office

| August 9, 2016

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LOWNDES Co. – Lowndes County FFA member Ian Bennett has been selected to represent Georgia as a candidate for National FFA Office. Bennett will go through a rigorous election process at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

The candidate process begins on Sunday, October 16, and concludes on Saturday, October 22, with the election of six new national officers. Bennett will go through six rounds of interviews with the nominating committee in addition to completing a writing exercise and exam. A committee of nine FFA members from across the nation will interview the more than forty candidates and select a team of officers to spend the next year traveling across the nation and to Japan representing the FFA and agricultural education.

If elected, Bennett will take a one year leave of absence from college to travel more than 100,000 miles serving the FFA while speaking to students and visiting sponsors, policy makers and stakeholders of agricultural education. Bennett, a second year student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College studying Diversified Agriculture, was selected from a field of three Georgian’s vying for the opportunity to represent the nation’s third largest state Association in Indianapolis. Each state can submit one candidate each year for consideration. Bennett is the son of Marshall and Mary Beth Bennett of Valdosta, and he served as the 2015-2016 State Secretary of the Georgia FFA Association.

Bennett, a 2014 graduate of Lowndes County High School, had a very successful FFA career. He raised and exhibited livestock not only in Georgia but across the country, and was named the state winner in Extemporaneous Speaking and the Discussion Meet. Additionally, Bennett won multiple state championships in the Agriscience Fair. At the 89th National FFA Convention, both Bennett and his older brother Sam will receive the prestigious American FFA Degree, an honor that both their older brother and father received as well.

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