For the first time in ten years, a Hermann High student has been elected as an FFA State Officer. Maddie Bader, a senior, was elected on April 14, 2018, as one of the 13 Vice Presidents.
“I cried really hard,” said Bader, “and I knew this was a really big accomplishment because only 0.001% of FFA members ever become a state officer.”
Bader ran against hundreds of other students, all of whom were top FFA members. She competed in area interviews before being one of thirty-two to move on to state interviews. From there, they elected sixteen students. She herself has been involved in the organization for four years, competing on several contest teams, hosting workshops, and participating in public speaking contests. At Hermann High, she is currently the FFA president as well as the area reporter.
“I studied a lot of FFA history and basically the constitution and bylaws, as well as reading up on industry reports,” replied Bader, when asked what she did to prepare for the election.
Because it is her senior year, Bader will not only be an officer this summer, but also in 2019 during the first part of her freshman year of college. Her duties as a Vice President include being a counselor at State FFA Camp, attending training, representing FFA at the state fair, and facilitating several workshops throughout the summer, as well as several other responsibilities.
“As a state officer, I get to basically shape the year for FFA members around the state. So, I plan on being a role model and showing kids what they can do in agriculture and in the world,” said Bader.