On Thursday, May 4, Ryan Mathews and the rest of the state officer team kicked off the first session of the 89th Ohio FFA Convention.
At the end of first session the next year’s state officer team is slated, two per top seven offices. For each pair, one individual became a top seven officer with the other serving as vice president at-large.
Last year Mathews was slated for sentinel, but ended up a vice president at-large and took the opportunity and fulfilled the position the best that he could. The state president has to be a state officer for one year before they can run for president.
Mathews went through the same interview process as any other state officer candidate. So at the end of the first session he was slated for state president and you could only imagine our chapter’s cheers for him. As the day ended, so began the next.
The third session kicked off Friday. Tensions and hopes rose through the day to see who would be on the 2017-18 officer team. The fourth session rolled around and all the state degree recipients were awarded their golden charm. At the end of fourth session the officers were reviled. Excitement filled the air as officers were called and then the president’s name was called and it was Mathews, a member of the Fairfield FFA Chapter.
All the members are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck for his upcoming year in office.
Submitted by Dale Back, Fairfield FFA reporter.