New leadership in Tennessee youth organizations

Tennessee 4-H Congress and Tennessee State FFA Convention were held the week of March 21 and both organizations elected new state-wide leaders for the next year.

These youth organizations teach young people across the state about agriculture, leadership and what skills are necessary to succeed in life after school. 4-H Congress is held in Murfreesboro and Nashville as students learned about state government and what it means to be an elected official, how to pass laws and how to run a meeting correctly. At 4-H Congress, the attendees also hold elections and vote on a new Governor, Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House.

The State FFA Convention is held in Gatlinburg and more than 3000 students, advisors and guests gathered to compete in state career development events, attend leadership seminars and action-packed sessions. They also hold interviews and elect their 2016-2017 State FFA officer team. The new officers are from left: East Tennessee Vice President Ally Clark of Meigs County; President Mackenzie Clark of Scotts Hill; Secretary Hannah Nave of Woodbury; Middle Tennessee Vice President Aaron Walls of Cookeville; West Tennessee Vice President Sam Daniels of Covington; Treasurer Abby Gass of Blackman; Sentinel Allison Parker of Station Camp; and Reporter Taylor Curtis of McEwen.

4-H elected Emily Pennington, Speaker of the Senate, Warren County; Hannah Reeves, Governor, Greene County; and Jacob Wade, Speaker of the House, Bedford County.