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October 30, 2006   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
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October 30, 2006

Jennifer Himburg
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Auburn University student Jennifer Himburg, a member of the Ariton High School Future Farmers of America Chapter, was named the 2006-2007 National FFA Southern Region Vice President this week at the 79th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. She was among six individuals selected from a field of 41 to hold national office.

Himburg is the daughter of John and Elaine Himburg of Ariton, and her advisor is Dr. Joel Snell.

Fulfilling her position will require traveling more than 100,000 miles; meeting top leaders in business, government and education; visiting about 40 states and participating in an international experience tour to Japan. Her responsibilities will include providing personal growth and leadership training for students, setting policies that shape the future of the organization and promoting agricultural literacy.

The national FFA officer selection process is intense and represents an assessment of years of academic and extracurricular accomplishments made by each student running for office. Nominees must first qualify on the state level to represent their particular state FFA associations. They then submit an in-depth application, detailing their accomplishments and contributions to the community, along with an essay detailing why they desire to be elected to the position.

Once at the convention, candidates participate in five rounds of interviews, take an in-depth written test on the organization and agricultural education topics and complete two writing exercises.

A panel of nine state FFA officers comprises the nominating committee that proposes the slate of six officers for approval by the convention delegates.

At Auburn University, Himburg serves as a College of Agriculture Ambassador and as Director of Public Relations for Delta Gamma. She is also a member of Auburn's Collegiate FFA chapter.

As an FFA member, Himburg's Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) was in Agricultural Sales and Marketing for an agricultural commodity transportation company, a nursery and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Office. She was named outstanding chapter member four times and received a chapter scholarship. She also was a top participant in several district public speaking contests.

"FFA has shown me that by instilling positive values in young individuals, we create a generation that will sustain and carry our nation forward for years to come," Himburg said. "Serving as a national officer will allow me to help students develop and learn lessons that will guide them throughout their lives."

FFA is a national youth organization of 495,046 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,242 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

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