Seiling’s Chelsie Livingston is hoping to spend the next year as part of Oklahoma’s FFA Officer Team.

Livingston is running for Northwest District Vice-President, one of 4 district vice presidents who will be elected at next week’s state convention.

“FFA is my true passion, and I am not ready to done with it,” Livingston said. “I want to do it for another year.”

Livingston said she has been active in FFA all through high school.

“I went to Washington D.C. last summer for the leadership conference. I have attended the Made For Excellence Conference,” Livingston said.

Other activities for Livingston include attending the Advance Leadership Development Conference, FFA Alumni Camp, public speaking and showing livestock.

Livingston said her favorite parts of FFA are the leadership and social aspects.  

“I like being around people and trying to make a difference (in their life),” Livingston said.

Livingston said she has met some of her best friends at livestock shows.

“And I know going into college we will remain friends,” she said.

RUNNING FOR STATE OFFICE

Livingston said running for a state FFA office is a long process.

“Back in February, we went to Oklahoma City and we had to do about a  3 hour long interview,” Livingston said. “There were 5 panelists and judges and we had to do a one-on-one with each of them, then a group interview, and we also had to write a thank you note and take a FFA quiz.”

She said 9 people applied for the office of Northwest District Vice President, but only the top 3 finalists advanced.

Livingston said Joshua Conaway from Ringwood and Cade Broadbent from Cashion are also in the running for Northwest District Vice President.

“I know all 3 of us have been campaigning 3 or 4 nights a week going and talking to people (from other FFA chapters),” she said. “We will give our final speech at the FFA Convention (May 3-4) and the new vice president will be announced then.”

If chosen Livingston will have a busy year as an officer.

“Throughout the next year, we will travel all over Oklahoma as an officer team and speak at different events,” Livingston said. “For 3 weeks out of the summer we will be in Eastern Oklahoma at FFA Camp, serving as mentors and camp leaders.”

Livingston will be attending Oklahoma State University in the fall majoring in Biochemistry through the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Note: For more information and photos on FFA, check out the special section in today’s paper.

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