By Roz Weis,
Holly Schmitt, a South Winneshiek High School graduate, was recently elected president of the Iowa FFA Association at convention ceremonies in Ames.
Currently a sophomore majoring in agriculture education and hospitality management at Iowa State University, the new State President is the daughter of Greg and Sara Schmitt of Waucoma.
The election was held before a crowd of more than 6,000 FFA members at the 95th Iowa Leadership Conference, April 16-18, at Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus.
Schmitt grew up on a dairy farm, where her family milks Holstein cattle and raises crops, steers and calves. She also raises her own flock of ducks and shows horses.
During her years at South Winn, she was involved in many activities, including FFA, 4-H, State and Council Councils, football and basketball cheerleading, drama, choir, swim team, dance, student government and track and field.
She is a past State FFA Officer, holding the office of Iowa FFA Secretary for 2022-23.Other past South Winn FFA state officers include: Warren Clark, 1972-72, Northeast District Vice President; Carson Brincks, 2020-21, Northeast District Vice President.
Joining Schmitt as elected officers on the 2023-24 Iowa FFA Officer Team last week at the state conference were: Lauren Beyer, East Buchanan FFA; Emma Humphreys, Columbus Junction FFA; Annabelle Newton, Vinton-Shellsburg, FFA; Collin Bauer, Audubon FFA; William Vlasek, Cedar Rapids Prairie; Josephine Kelly, Nevada FFA; Elizabeth Hadley, East Union FFA; and Jaydee Bremer, Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA.
The motto “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve” – is the goal for the nine young leaders who will live out their year of service speaking with FFA members from across the state, presenting leadership camps and workshops, and traveling around Iowa and the United States.
Schmitt and the other officers will have the opportunity to take part in Iowa FFA Foundation activities, FFA District Leadership Programs, Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium, the National FFA Convention, and a wide variety of FFA Career Development Events.
FFA organizers said their largest responsibility will be to coordinate and conduct the 96th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference for over 6,500 FFA members, advisors, parents, and guests next year.