Students from Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Missouri were elected by National FFA Delegates to serve as 2020-21 National FFA Officers.
According to a Future Farmers of America online announcement, these members were selected from 38 candidates vying for the honor. Candidates take part in an extensive online interview process with the National FFA Officer Nominating Committee leading up to the selection. The new team was announced during the sixth general session of the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo on Thursday, Oct. 29.
Doster Harper, an agriscience and environmental systems major at the University of Georgia, was elected national president.
Anna Mathis, an agricultural communication major at the University of Arkansas, was elected national secretary.
Paxton Dahmer, an agricultural education and leadership major at the University of Missouri – Columbia, was elected central region vice president.
Miriam Hoffman, an agribusiness economics major at Southern Illinois University, was elected eastern region vice president.
David Lopez, an agricultural communications major at California Polytechnic State, was elected western region vice president.
Artha Jonassaint, a government and global health major at Harvard, was elected southern region vice president.
Each year during the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as national officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern, and western regions of the country.
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually.