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FFA selects new state officers

New FFA state officers are in place after their induction at the 78th annual New Mexico FFA State Convention held June 5-8 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.



New state FFA officers are, from left, Brandi Polk, state vice president from District 5; Paul Moya, state secretary; Melissa Augustine, state president; Anastasia Ferran, state vice president from District 1; back from left, Keisto Lucero, state vice president from District 3; Cole Andes, state vice president from District 4; Brandon Sours, state vice president from District 2; and Chanz Robbins, state vice president from District 6. (NMSU Agricultural photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

Melissa Augustine of Tatum was named the new state FFA president, with Paul Moya of Los Lunas as the new state secretary. Augustine and Moya were also recognized during the convention events as scholarship recipients. Augustine won a $500 Gene Atchley state scholarship and Moya won $1,000 sponsored by DJ's Fundraising as well as a national $5,000 Booker T. Washington scholarship.

The six state vice presidents are Anastasia Ferran of Mesa Vista, District 1; Brandon Sours of Tucumcari, District 2; Keisto Lucero of Belen, District 3; Cole Andes of Clovis, District 4; Brandi Polk of Artesia, District 5; and Chanz Robbins of Animas, District 6.

Andes received a state scholarship at the convention worth $1,000 sponsored by Fresh Country. Robbins received a $500 Levi Downey Memorial state scholarship and a $1,500 Commitment to Agriculture national scholarship sponsored by the Monsanto Company/National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

These eight new officers are part of more than 4,000 members and 72 chapters that make up the FFA in New Mexico. FFA is a nationwide organization that is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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