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Corunna High School Student Elected 2023-24 National FFA President
January 24, 2024
LANSING – Amara Jackson, a graduate of Corunna High School, was recently elected as the 2023-24 national FFA president, the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education (MDE-OCTE) shared today. FFA is a student-led organization, representing over 945,000 members, with a mission to grow the next generation of leaders in agriculture.
“This is a tremendous honor for Amara and FFA members across Michigan,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “With the strong agricultural heritage we have in Michigan, our state is well represented nationally by Amara and her Michigan FFA colleagues.”
FFA is one of six Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) that provide Michigan Career and Technical Education (CTE) students with a framework for developing leadership and communication skills that lead to successful careers. All state-approved CTE programs are required to provide student leadership as an integral component of their program.
“This is exactly 70 years since the national FFA president has called Michigan home,” said Dr. Tiffany Rogers-Randolph, executive secretary of the Michigan FFA. “As an individual, Amara radiates positivity any time she walks into a room. She just has that innate ability to connect with people, whether it’s FFA members, stakeholders, teachers, or her teammates, and make them feel incredibly valued. She goes about relationships with such intentionality.”
Amara was one of six officers elected and will travel over 100,000 miles individually visiting schools, conventions, partners, alumni, and other stakeholders. She will deliver personal messages of leadership across the country; serve on the National FFA Board of Directors; meet with top leaders in agriculture, food, and natural resources; and serve as an advocate for agricultural education and FFA.
“We are thrilled for Amara, and the Michigan FFA chapter, and we look forward to witnessing the positive impact that she makes during her term as the national FFA president,” said Dr. Brian Pyles, MDE-OCTE state director. “As a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), FFA provides an excellent framework for members to develop their leadership, communication, and managerial skills.”
Please direct questions to Mark Forbush, OCTE-MDE education consultant, MSU outreach specialist and FFA advisor, at ForbushM@msu.edu or 989-277-9249.
Two photos below.
Amara Jackson, FFA national president 2023-2024.
The national FFA officers attended the traditional presidential turkey pardon at the White House on November 20, 2023 with President Biden.