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Andy Paul Calls Being National FFA President Over the Last Year "An Unbelievable Blessing"

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 06:10:42 CDT

Andy Paul Calls Being National FFA President Over the Last Year

Andy Paul grew up in the tiny rural community of Lexington, Georgia- but over the past twelve months, an airplane and hotel room have been his home. Paul has served since last November as the President of the National FFA organization. He is in his final days as National FFA President- presiding over the 88th National Convention and Expo of the FFA in Louisville, Ky. As he and his national officer team made final preparations for the opening general session on Wednesday afternoon, Andy Paul talked with several broadcasters and other media reps that are covering the 65,000 members and guests gathered. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays was among those who talked with the National President- and you can hear their conversation in full by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

Paul told Hays the past twelve months have "been an unbelievable blessing" and that he has traveled to 29 states, interacted with an estimated 35,000 members of the FFA across the US over the last year and is looking forward to seeing the thousands of members and guests from his vantage point on the stage in Freedom Hall.

As he has traveled over the last year, Andy Paul says that he has appreciated the chance to meet with many sponsors and other supporters of the organization- and he has been able to remind them in conversations why FFA members are seen as so valuable by those wanting to hire young people. Andy Paul says that FFA teaches practical skills- but that FFA members also learn "power skills." He says that includes the ability to be a leader, the ability to network and to be a team player.

Our exclusive coverage of the 2015 National FFA Convention in Louisville is a service of ITC, Your Energy Superhighway. Learn more about ITC Great Plains, LLC by clicking here. We also appreciate the support of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click here for more information about one of the top states in the US in the FFA- the Oklahoma FFA Association. Oklahoma FFA impacts the lives of 27,154 members in 359 chapters across the state.

We are also posting pictures from the 2015 National FFA Convention- you can see all of those as we add them by going to our Flickr Album- it is available by clicking or tapping here.


Ron Hays talks with Andy Paul about his year as President of the National FFA.
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