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NMSU student elected National FFA officer

New Mexico State University student Shannon Norris joined the ranks of the few New Mexicans to become a National FFA officer when she was elected National FFA Western Region Vice President at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in October.



New Mexico State University student Shannon Norris was elected National FFA Western Region Vice President at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in October. (Photo courtesy of the National FFA Organization)

Norris' main duty will be to represent and serve the membership of the National FFA Organization. She will serve as a communicator and spokesperson for FFA, agriculture and education and also will help build relationships with national partners in industry, education and government.

"I hope to make sure I make a personal connection with those I come into contact with, whether it is a person sitting alone in a hallway, a group of freshmen in a classroom, or a stadium full of 55,000 people," Norris said. "My wish is that they will feel inspired to share their personal stories with others and never doubt their personal abilities."

In addition, she and the other five national officers will serve as the student voice to the National FFA Board of Directors.

Norris, a native of Cliff, N.M., is a junior double-majoring in agricultural extension education and animal science in the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

In 2007, Norris was elected the New Mexico FFA Association's state vice president and served again at the state level as the association's state secretary in 2008. In college, Norris has been involved with Block and Bridle, Collegiate Farm Bureau and the Wildlife Society. She also is president of NMSU's Collegiate FFA chapter and an ACES ambassador.