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September 01, 2013

State President: Ryon Cox, Mt. Pleasant
College: Northeast Texas Community College
Major: Agricultural Sciences
Fun Fact: As a child, I dreamed of becoming a professional rodeo clown.
Future Plans: I plan to graduate from Texas A&M University with my bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences and return to my home town to operate my father’s business, Cox Concrete Products, as well as manage a premier registered Hereford operation. Favorite FFA Memory: My favorite memory was receiving my first FFA jacket by my ag teacher, Marty Spradlin.

First Vice President: Shelby Eckhardt, Seguin
College: Texas A&M University
Major: Animal Science
Fun Fact: I was once sprayed by a skunk, and now the smell of skunk spray doesn't bother me.
Future Plans: For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but am currently looking into agriculture policy and agriculture leadership and development career options.
Favorite FFA Memory: My favorite memory from FFA was visiting every Home Depot, nursery and greenhouse in my town to practice with my nursery and landscape judging team.

Area I Vice President: Sawyer Osborn, Friona
College: South Plains College
Major: Agriculture Business Management
Fun Fact: I am really fast, and I am addicted to werewolves.
Future Plans: I plan to live life to the fullest while working for a seed company and owning a registered herd of cattle.
Favorite FFA Memory: Enjoying the great times with all my friends

Area II Vice President: Bryce Winfrey, Seminole
College: Texas Tech University
Major: Animal Science
Minor: Agricultural Communications
Fun Fact: I love to two step and swing dance; however, I would have never known this if it wasn't for the FFA!
Future Plans: Animal health & pharmaceutical sales and stay involved in agriculture
Favorite FFA Memory: My favorite FFA memory is having the opportunity to speak to the thousands of FFA members at State FFA Convention in Dallas this past summer.

Area III Vice President: Heidi Ritter, Huffman
College: Lonestar Community College
Major: Biomedical Science
Fun Fact: I absolutely love competitive shotgun shooting.
Future Plans: I plan to attend medical school before becoming a medical doctor, specializing in trauma.
Favorite FFA Memory: My favorite memory was my first state convention in Dallas (2009). I remember being mesmerized by Allison Grainger on stage for her state officer speech. I told my best friend next to me I wanted to do that someday. Allison had completely changed my life and unknowingly convinced me to go as far as possible with FFA.

Area IV Vice President: Whitney Green, Stephenville
College: Texas A&M University
Major: Agricultural Leadership and Development & Environmental Studies
Fun Fact: I can play one song on the guitar!
Future Plans: After college I plan to attend law school and begin a career as an attorney, specializing in agricultural cases.
Favorite FFA Memory: My favorite FFA memory is definitely the first session of my first state convention. During that session, I saw the state officer team conducting opening ceremonies and realized that even as a chapter officer, that was something I had in common with them. Throughout that week, I realized the FFA was an organization in which anyone could succeed as long as they were willing to work hard. I knew that I had found an organization I could be devoted to and excel in while helping others succeed.

Area V Vice President: Hannah Ford, Peaster
College: Texas Tech
Major: Agricultural Communications
Fun Fact: I play the piano.
Future Plans: I plan to work in public relations for an agriculture-based company.
Favorite FFA Memory: Traveling to contests with the Peaster FFA chapter.
Area VIII Vice President: Kaci Major, Burleson
College: Hill College
Major: Agricultural Communications
Fun Fact: I am always upbeat, even in the worst situations.
Future Plans: I would like to be a public relations professional for Monsanto.
Favorite FFA Memory: My favorite FFA memory was my first Texas FFA State Convention in Corpus Christi. As a freshman I was inspired to open up and become more social, and I have changed for the better since that summer.

Area IX Vice President: Rhett Wilson, Barbers Hill
College: Sam Houston State University
Major: Agricultural Education
Fun Fact: I am an avid duck hunter and both of my parents are agriculture teachers.
Future Plans: I plan to teach agricultural education.
Favorite FFA Memory: My freshman year I advanced to state in poultry judging with a team of seniors.

Area X Vice President: Quest Newberry, George West
College: Blinn Jr. College
Major: Animal Science
Fun Fact: I played football and baseball in high school.
Future Plans: I plan to pursue my master’s and doctoral degrees in swine nutrition and own a feed company.
Favorite FFA Memory: My favorite FFA memory is when I won my hog class at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.