A local student was recently elected to a leadership position with the Texas FFA. Ryan Driggers was named an officer. His position will last over the upcoming school year.

“It is my mission this year to expose FFA members to opportunities within the agricultural industry and in agricultural majors in college,” Driggers said. “I’m also inspired to reach my full potential in FFA with advice from former state officers. I’m taking my time in the Texas Association jacket to motivate FFA members that were just like me, and inform them of the countless opportunities in Ag Ed to help them reach their full potential.”

Driggers said being a state officer has armed him with a message of premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

“Being a young leader in the FFA in Hunt County and Greenville, the connections and friendships I have made were life-changing,” Driggers said. “I would like to see the state officer team make deeper connections with our members which will increase our ability to impact them, as well as increase awareness of opportunities within our organization to members.”

Driggers said being named a Texas FFA state officer has been the greatest honor of his FFA career.

“I am very proud of the opportunity to serve Texas FFA,” he said. “I can’t help but think of the Ag teachers and leaders within the organization that helped me get here such as my Ag teachers at Greenville High School, as well as Sean Tredway of Lone Oak FFA and countless others within the community.”

He realizes, however, that with this honor comes great responsibility.

“I want to be the positive change in someone’s life, and give back to the organization that gave so much to me, this year I want to make a difference. Not many people have worn the State Association jacket and I will not take this opportunity lightly,” Driggers added.

After graduating from Tarleton State University with a degree in agricultural education, Driggers said he plans to become an ag teacher.

“I want to continue to make an impact and work within the ag industry,” Driggers said. “It is also a passion of mine to advocate for agricultural and American farmers and ranchers, so a career on Capitol Hill could be a possibility. So, wherever the FFA and my journey in life takes me, I’ll be prepared – thanks to the FFA.”

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