This past week, 7,000 FFA members from all over the state of California, gathered in Anaheim for the 91st California FFA Convention.
The highlight of the event was the 2019-2020 State officer elections where, Arbuckle’s Carlyn Marsh was apart of the 62 individuals throughout the state who applied.
After a rigorous exam, application and extensive interview process, the California FFA Nominating Committee selected the top 12 finalists for State Officer positions.
Gathered on the large stage in Anaheim, contestants were called to answer questions and participate in a meet-and-greet for the 640 California FFA delegates.
“I remember sitting in the top 16 and thinking, ‘this group of candidates couldn’t get much better’,” said Marsh. “I would hate to be the ones who have to decide.”
Members anxiously awaited the announcement of the potential new officers. As the arena went quiet Marsh was announced as the new 2019-2020 State FFA president.
“I am beyond excited to work with our new team,” said Marsh. “Everyone on the team is so different and we hope that because of this, there won’t be a single student out of the 89,000 that feels like they can’t relate to at least one of us.”
Marsh is a 2018 graduate of Pierce High School and alumna of the Arbuckle FFA. She served as the Chapter President her senior year, served as the Superior Region FFA Treasurer. After
graduating High School, she decided to take a gap year before officially becoming a UC Davis Aggie.
Mars said, her passion for the organization did not fade, but instead grew and developed, leading her to decide to re-run for State Office.■