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Riley Pagett of Woodward Concludes His Year as National FFA President

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 17:52:22 CST

Riley Pagett of Woodward Concludes His Year as National FFA President Saturday was the final day for Riley Pagett of Woodward, Oklahoma to be the National President of the FFA Organization. Duties on Saturday were many- including helping greet the US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as he spoke to the Convention- helping bestow over 3,000 American FFA Degrees, deliver his farewell address and to announce the name of the new President of the National FFA for the coming year. (On Friday- he saluted several people who helped him succeed leading up to the year he spent as National President- including Kent Boggs, Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma FFA- here are Riley and Kent on Friday evening before the General Session.)

We have the audio from one of those key duties that Rileya ccomplished- his farewell address to FFA members a part of the final session in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Click on the LISTEN BAR to hear Riley's Farewell Address to the membership of FFA.

A year ago- as he was named the National President of the FFA organization, the news release about him spoke of his dreams for the next year- "In discussing his mission to inspire, Pagett explains, "After enrolling in agricultural education courses, I realized that FFA was the perfect organization to assist me with my dream of becoming a 'seed planter.' I am prepared and look forward to the opportunity to plant seeds in FFA members."

Earlier in the convention, we sat down and talked with Riley about the year he has just completed- and what's ahead now that he has hung up his FFA jacket for the final time. CLick here for our earlier feature with Riley- and a chance to hear that conversation that we had with him.

Our exclusive coverage from the 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click here for the State FFA website for more information about this youth organization. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.



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