Creek FFA takes a ton of summer wins

Wynette Jameson, Publications Advisor

The Clear Creek FFA officer team attended the 90th annual Texas FFA State Convention held in Ft. Worth, TX during the week of July 9, 2018. During the convention, students attended general sessions in which they heard addresses from key note speakers, recognized the accomplishments of their peers throughout the state of Texas, and served as voting delegates to transact business of the state association as well as voted to elect the state officer team for the upcoming year.

This year Clear Creek FFA member, Craig Sickmen, made the commitment to represent the Area III FFA Association as a state officer candidate. Craig arrived in Ft. Worth four days before the start of convention to begin the selection process along with the 46 other candidates from across the state of Texas. 
The selection process to elect the single representative for each of the 12 area associations is made up of three phases. Phase one includes a personal introduction interview with the members of the student nominating committee, a knowledge based exam over the agriculture industry, agricultural education, and FFA history and facts, a writing exercise over a current agricultural topic, a one-on-one interview with each of the 12 members of the nominating committee, and an agricultural advocacy impromptu presentation. At the completion of phase one events, the top two scoring candidates from each area association advance on to phase two of the selection process. Phase two consists of delivering a two-and-a-half-minute speech as well as answering several agriculture and FFA related thought questions to the delegates from their home area association who then vote on the candidate of their choice, a leadership workshop facilitation, round robin interviews with three industry members, and a personal conclusion interview with members of the student nominating committee. The top scoring candidate from phase two is selected to represent their area association as the incoming state officer for the upcoming year and moves on to phase three. In the third and final phase, each of the twelve selected incoming state officers presents a three-minute speech to the convention attendees of greater than 12 thousand FFA members and guests as well as answers an agriculture related thought question. Voting delegates from all 12 area associations then vote to elect the state president and vice-president for the upcoming year.      
We are excited to announce that Craig was selected to serve as the Texas FFA state officer representing the Area III Association. Craig is the first student from Clear Creek ISD to represent the school district as a state FFA officer. 
Throughout his year of service, Craig will not only serve as a liaison between the student members of Texas FFA and our state association’s executive directors, board members, and corporate sponsors, but will also play a vital role in communicating with the National FFA Organization. Members of the Texas FFA state officer team will attend a number of leadership based workshops and trainings, visit various schools throughout the state of Texas to conduct workshops for FFA members, attend quarterly Texas FFA board meetings, attend National FFA trainings and conventions, and plan leadership conferences for FFA members throughout the state as well as plan and conduct the 2019 Texas FFA state convention. 
We could not be prouder of Craig for this accomplishment and look forward to watching him serve at the highest level for the Texas FFA Association.