Grand County High School senior Kortney Backus was named next year’s president of the Utah FFA (Future Farmers of America) Association at the Utah FFA annual state convention last weekend.
More than 1,800 students from around the state attended the FFA convention in Cedar City from March 9 to 11. In addition to Backus, five other students from GCHS attended the conference, along with adviser Sable Sellick.
Backus competed with 26 other contestants for a spot on the state officer team, undergoing a week-long process of applications, interviews with judges, group discussions, on-stage introductions, and speeches. She and her fellow state officers were announced at the conclusion of the conference on Saturday.
Backus, who is the daughter of Brian and Kelsie Backus of Moab, is the first-ever southeastern Utah FFA member to hold the office of state FFA president. She is also the first Moab FFA member to receive her state degree qualification from the organization.
Although she is graduating from high school this spring, she will delay entering college next year and focus on promoting FFA and agricultural education in Utah. Backus said she and her fellow officers will spend an average of three days per week throughout the coming year traveling throughout the state, holding workshops, going to leadership seminars, and helping at local FFA competitions.
“All of the FFA state officers are either high school seniors or freshmen in college,” Backus noted. “That way, they are able to take time off to travel and serve the Utah FFA Association and the members.”
Joining Backus on the FFA state officer team for 2017-18 are vice president Weston Adams from Canyon View High School, secretary Allie Wallentine from Sky View High, treasurer Nate Boehme from Weber High, reporter Ryan Bake from Herriman High and sentinel Bailee Argyle from Spanish Fork High.
“I’m looking forward to a great year of serving and inspiring members to always chase their dreams,” Backus said, adding that she hopes her success will shine a light on Moab and inspire the youth in the local community to accomplish great things.
Also attending the state FFA conference from Moab were fellow GCHS students Jalysa Farnsworth, Eliza Farnsworth, Kenzie Randall, Trayken Robertson and London Richards.