BROOKINGS | To culminate the 85th South Dakota State FFA Convention on April 16, 2013, in Brookings, six members - four high school seniors and two freshman in college - were elected to serve as the 2013-2014 South Dakota State FFA Officer Team.

Eleven candidates interviewed for the six South Dakota FFA leadership roles. The individuals elected to the South Dakota State FFA officer team will travel across the state throughout the next year presenting speeches, facilitating workshops, hosting camps, holding conferences and conducting business for the South Dakota FFA Association.

Those selected to serve the South Dakota FFA for 2013-2014 are:

State FFA President: Makayla Heisler, Newell

State FFA Vice President: Breanna Bullington, Brookings

State FFA Secretary: Cheyenne Leonhardt, Groton

State FFA Treasurer: David Strain, Sturgis

State FFA Reporter: Carrietta Schalesky, Bison

State FFA Sentinel Shala Larson, Webster

Four individuals also interviewed to serve as the 2013-2014 State FFA Ambassadors. These individuals will assist the State Officers in hosting events throughout the year.

The individuals selected to serve as State FFA Ambassadors are:

Kyle Kramer, Flandreau

Courtney Schaeffer, Menno

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As part of the National FFA Organization, the South Dakota FFA Association encompasses 77 FFA chapters with over 3,900 South Dakota FFA members. FFA strives 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. To discover more about the South Dakota FFA Association or the South Dakota FFA Foundation, visit them both at or on Facebook or Twitter.

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