McBride Up For National Office

Stephen McBride

Stephen McBride

May 9th, representatives of the Tennessee Future Farmers of America (FFA) Association selected Stephen McBride of the Coffee County FFA Chapter to serve as the Tennessee FFA National Officer Candidate at the 2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, which takes place annually in October.
McBride was elected to serve a one-year term as State FFA President in 2012. During his year of service, his team travelled to more than 150 schools and numerous businesses promoting the Association. Among other honors, McBride was named State Prepared Public Speaking Winner in 2011 and became a national finalist. McBride is a 2012 Coffee County High School graduate and is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee at Martin majoring in agricultural business.
Candidates representing each state will complete a series of interviews ranging in topics from leadership, agricultural issues and agricultural education. They will also complete a knowledge test and present leadership workshops to FFA members.
Tennessee has successfully elected three of its last five candidates for National FFA Office. Mitch Baker from Cookeville, member of the Baxter FFA Chapter, serves as National FFA Secretary. During their year of service, National FFA Officers travel over 100,000 miles, visit more than 40 states and travel internationally promoting agriculture.
Over 60,000 FFA members from across the country will gather in Louisville in October to compete in Career Development Events ranging from prepared public speaking to dairy cattle judging, participate in leadership workshops facilitated by various leaders in the agriculture industry and attend general sessions highlighting student achievement.