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  OFFICER HOPEFULS ATTEND TARLETON WORKSHOP
 
By: Katlyn Gast, Texas FFA News Staff
October 15, 2015

 
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The first weekend of October, 35 candidates vying for one of six places on the National FFA Organization’s officer team gathered on the campus of Tarleton State University as part of an intensive, three-day workshop aimed at preparing them for the national officer selection process.

Hosted by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Tarleton’s Collegiate FFA Chapter the event strives to help candidates understand the process and how to execute each of the skills they will be required to perform ahead of the annual National FFA Convention each October.

Dr. David Frazier, Assistant Professor of Agriculture Education, is dedicated to the candidate success. “I want every candidate to know how the process works,” said Frazier. 

Frazier, who serves as adviser to Tarleton’s Collegiate FFA Chapter, was once a candidate himself seeking a spot on the national FFA officer team after having served as the New Mexico FFA Association’s state president in 1986. Since then, he has provided advice and direction to other national officer hopefuls, helping to hone their skills in preparation for the rigorous interview and selection components.



Candidates experienced the same process of interview rounds seen in the national officer elections. Stand and deliver, one-on-one and round robins challenge the contestants to show true character, passion, and positive influence.  

“No matter what level a candidate is at the beginning of the training, they always leave more experienced and more confident in themselves,” said Ryan Willits, 2013 workshop attendee. 

Though the training is supposed to help the candidates improve their interview techniques and speech times, it also builds friendships and camaraderie. 

“Arriving in Louisville and knowing that the process you trained so hard for is less than a day away can be daunting,” said Willits. “Though knowing 30 friends are waiting for you allows you to shrug off some of the nerves and just enjoy the process and time with friends.” 

The workshop is open to all national officer candidates who strive to fine-tune their interview, presentation and organizational skills as well as their interpersonal communication techniques. Even if the candidate is not elected, the memories made and skills they learned will last a lifetime. 
 
 
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