Chelsea Sanders, of the Wilson Central High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, has been chosen to represent the Tennessee FFA Association as the state's national officer candidate.
A sophomore agriculture student at Tennessee Tech University, Sanders maintains her FFA membership with the Wilson Central chapter where she was elected state president for the association as she graduated in 2015.
Sanders and her competitors took part in three interview rounds, led a workshop, gave a speech, participated in mock media and stakeholder scenarios and wrote two essays, which simulated the process Sanders will see at the National FFA Convention in October. Candidates were judged by a screening committee made up of nine FFA members from across the state, as well as two adult industry representatives. The national officer candidate screening process took place at Tennessee FFA's Camp Clements.
Sanders is no stranger to competing at the national level as she placed third in the nation in the Creed Speaking Leadership Development event in 2012. In addition, she represented Tennessee in the National Extemporaneous Public Speaking Leadership Development event in 2015 and was a national delegate that same year.
She will train from now through October to compete for one of six coveted positions on the FFA National Officer Team. She will work throughout the summer with the hopes of becoming Tennessee's sixth national officer in eight years. The Wilson Central FFA chapter is home to Past National Officer James Flatt, who was elected in 2010. Sanders will be the first candidate from Wilson County since Flatt was elected.