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CALS Student Elected to Leadership in FFA

Ken Quick
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Sophomore Ken Quick, right, is named National FFA Eastern Region Vice President at the organization's national convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 22.

Sophomore Ken Quick, Jr. ’14 will travel the world as a young advocate of agriculture after being named one of six leaders of the 540,000-member National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization—the first student from New York to be selected in 15 years.

Ken, who is majoring in agricultural education with a focus on international agriculture policy, was named the National Eastern Region Vice President of the FFA on Oct. 22. He had previously served as president of the New York State FFA.

The new role will see his team travel more than 100,000 miles in service of the organization. He is set to go to Japan, visit agricultural education classrooms and conventions throughout the United States, and meet with legislative and agricultural leaders to develop partnerships and influence the future of agriculture.

“I’ve become a passionate advocate for the future of agriculture and for the role of our generation within the food, fiber and natural resources industries,” Quick said. “I had no idea just how much this organization would consume my future. FFA gave me the skills to further my impact. I’ve seen how FFA can change a student, a school and a community. Young people need FFA.”

The 19-year-old’s affiliation with FFA began five years ago, when, as a freshman in high school in Granville, N.Y., he helped to begin a FFA chapter. The son of Washington County dairy farmers Ken and Diane Quick, he was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, sports teams, and the Junior Holstein Association before chartering the FFA program in his school.

He worked with FFA Advisor Terry Wheeler ’85 to bring agriculture classes to Granville Central School and within a few short years, Quick was leading 4,000 NY FFA members from over 80 programs in rural and metropolitan school districts.

“Throughout my FFA career, I have been fortunate to be surrounded by advisors, coaches, peers and even junior high members who have helped to develop me into the man I am today— a true product of every FFA program, partner and experience I have had,” Quick said.

Also earning high accolades at the National FFA Convention were several other College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students. Amika Osumi ’15 won the highly competitive national Job Interview Career Development Event (CDE). Joey Chase ’15, Corrine Ogle ’14, Corey Reed ’13, Danielle Sanok ’13, and Anna Smith ’13 placed second in the national Alpha Tau Alpha collegiate parliamentary procedure contest, with Danielle placing first among the secretaries. Jessica Krause ’15 earned a bronze recognition in the national FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE. Katie Grandle ’13, Rebecca Harrison ’14, Bob Hockenbury ’13, Carly Neumann ’13, Corinne Ogle ’14, Ken Quick ’14, Aaron Santangelo ’13, Morgan Shaver ’14, and Anna Smith ’13 earned the highest individual recognition in FFA with the American FFA Degree, an honor bestowed to less than 2 percent of the FFA membership.

The National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades 7-12 in 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.