By BRAD KEITH
(July 15, 2016) — Connor McKinzie is one of the most decorated Future Farmers of America students at one of the state’s top-ranking FFA chapters.
It’s only fitting that he end his career as a state officer, allowing him the opportunity to impact hundreds of thousands of FFA students the same way the program has impacted him.
McKenzie was elected Texas FFA first vice president this week, an honor that carries with it the opportunity to take a year off school and travel with the president – from Gilmer – to spend three to four days a week during the 2016-17 academic year speaking and making presentations to FFA chapters across the Lone Star State.
“I can’t really describe how honored I am to be in this position of service,” said McKinzie in a phone interview with The Flash Friday afternoon. “I’ve been working toward this the last couple years and it’s finally come to fruition. I’m excited about the next year and the great group of officers we have around the state hopefully ready to make a positive impact on more than 100,000 FFA members.”
McKinzie knows Stephenville’s place in Texas FFA and what he is representing every time he dons the jacket or steps in front of a crowd.
“Coming from Stephenville, it’s a very strong chapter within the state association. I believe Stephenville has had eight total state officers, and more recently I believe I’m the sixth in the last 10 years,” he said. “It’s an incredible honor to carry on the legacy of Stephenville FFA and I’m completely humbled to have this opportunity.”
McKinzie said FFA is unveiling new curriculum, something he and other officers learned during a luncheon Friday.
“It’s an exciting time with new curriculum rolling out across the state,” he said. “Hopefully we can use that and our message to positively impact FFA members across Texas.”