Mallory Meek, a member of the Spring Hill FFA Chapter is among the 18 candidates running for a state officer position to represent more than 9,000 Kansas FFA members for the 2016-2017 term.
A four-year FFA member, Meek has served as chapter president and East Central District reporter. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) is in swine production with placement on her family’s small swine operation. She plans to attend Kansas State University next fall and pursue a career in the animal industry.
Mallory is the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Meek. Her advisor is Alicia Hampton.
Meek will complete an intense process of interviews, tests and public speaking demonstrations next week as part of the 88th Kansas FFA State Convention on the Kansas State University campus.
An appointed nominating committee of former state officers and agricultural education instructors interviews the candidates. On June 3, the committee will submit its nomination of 10 candidates to the state convention delegates, which consists of two members from each of the 179 chapters in the state. After hearing the candidates present a final prepared speech, the delegates will elect the six members who will serve as the 2016-2017 state officer team. The new team will be announced and installed at the final session of the convention Friday afternoon.
The committee evaluates the candidates on their applications, a written test, writing exercises, and five rounds of interviews. These include one-on-one interviews, delivering a speech, facilitating a workshop, round-robin interviews and a personal interview round.
Once elected, the officers will travel across the state promoting agricultural science education and FFA.