INDIANAPOLIS -‑ The 2006-2007 National Officer team was elected during the final session of the 79th National FFA Convention Saturday.

Beau Williamson from California will lead a whole new slate of student officers in the coming year. Serving with Williamson will be: Kacy Baugher Illinois, Secretary; Janette Barnard, Arizona, Western Region Vice President; Jamie Cecil, Colorado, Central Region Vice President; Jennifer Himburg, Alabama, Southern Region Vice President; and Coty Back, Kentucky; Eastern Region Vice President.

The officers, four young women and two young men, were selected from among 41 members vying for national office. They will serve as ambassadors for the agriculture industry and represent FFA and its members for the following year. The national FFA officer selection process is intense and includes a rigorous assessment of each candidate's years of academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Nominees must first qualify at the state level to represent their state FFA associations. They then submit an in-depth application to the national organization, detailing their accomplishments and contributions to the community, and completing an essay explaining why they wish to be elected to the position.

Once at the convention, candidates participate in five rounds of interviews, take an in-depth written test on the organization and agricultural topics and complete two writing exercises. A nominating committee, composed of nine state FFA officers, recommends the slate of six national officers for approval by the convention delegates.

FFA is a national youth organization of 495,046 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,242 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

SOURCE: The National FFA Organization.