Jul 12 2016

KY FFA Association Selects Rockcastle FFA Member to Serve as State Officer

Lexington, Kentucky – 

June 9, 2016 – James Clay Ballinger was elected to serve as the 2016-2017 Kentucky River State Vice President for the Kentucky FFA Association today in Lexington. James Clay is the son of James and Carrie Ballinger of McKee. He is a member of the Rockcastle County FFA chapter.

James Clay was one of 23 candidates who advanced out of the 12 regions from across the Commonwealth to run for a State FFA Office.  He completed an application and rigorous interview process. He was selected by a Nominating Committee made up of graduating senior FFA members and elected unanimously by the delegate body.

The 12 State FFA Officers chosen commit to a year of service to the organization.  State Officers complete extensive training following their election.  They travel several thousand miles across the state representing the State Association working with FFA members, business and industry leaders, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, the general public, and more promoting FFA, educating and inspiring its members, and all the while advocating for the agriculture industry. Their year of service will conclude during the 88thState FFA Convention which will be held June 6-8, 2017 in Lexington.

Kentucky FFA is an organization of over 15,000 middle and high school students enrolled in Agricultural Education courses.  The organization currently has 150 chapters in 116 counties.  Nationally, FFA has over 629,000 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

For more information contact Matt Chaliff at 502-564-3472 or by email matt.chaliff@education.ky.gov

Kentucky River State Vice-President James Clay Ballinger

Kentucky River State Vice-President James Clay Ballinger

The Ballinger Family at the Kentucky FFA State Convention (left to right): Carrie Ballinger, James Ballinger, Cole Ballinger, Emma Ballinger, James Clay Ballinger, Caleb Ballinger, and Carolyn Westerfield.

The Ballinger Family at the Kentucky FFA State Convention (left to right): Carrie Ballinger, James Ballinger, Cole Ballinger, Emma Ballinger, James Clay Ballinger, Caleb Ballinger, and Carolyn Westerfield.

James Clay Ballinger pictured with his 11 fellow Kentucky FFA State Officers.

James Clay Ballinger pictured with his 11 fellow Kentucky FFA State Officers.

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