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Marana high school graduate elected as Arizona FFA State Sentinel

IMAGE: DEvin Rossa of Marana High School. Devin Rossa, Marana High School class of 2019, spent his high school years dedicated to the service of FFA members and advisors in the South Central FFA District and at his home FFA Chapter, Marana. At this year’s Arizona State Leadership Conference, held in June 2019, Devin was elected as Arizona FFA State Sentinel where he will spend the next year working with Arizona FFA to promote and advocate for Agriculture. Devin is one of only twelve Marana FFA Members elected to represent Arizona FFA since the Chapter’s charter in 1948.

During his year of service, Devin will be attending Pima Community College and then The University of Arizona where he will pursue a degree in Agricultural Education under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It is his desire to Agriculture Teacher.

Past Marana FFA Members to be elected to State Office include: Zachary Tucker 2011-2012; Joann McCrea 2004-2005; Dawn Simpson 1988-1989; Ricardo Valencia 1983-1984; Steve Young 1979-1980; Pat Taylor 1978-1979; Terry Snyder 1976-1977; Phil Houge 1975-1976; Tom Clark 1975-1976; Merl Post 1973-1974; Danny Hughes 1964-1965.

Devin has a sincere desire to increase FFA membership, participation and awareness of agriculture.  “I would love to spend my year of service helping new and old members grow, just as I did,” says the 2019-2020 Arizona FFA Sentinel.

He will continue that work with over 10,100 Arizona FFA members during the year as Devin and the seven other officers on his team travel more than 150,000 miles promoting agricultural education and the FFA. In addition to meeting with members on the local, state and national levels, the officers will meet with leaders in government, education, business and agriculture.  Doing this will help them to stay informed of current issues and developments, as well as to represent the FFA and the agriculture industry.

The 2019-2020 Arizona State Officers have spent their summer training and preparing for the upcoming year with National FFA and other entities to hone their skills in policies and procedures, facilitation, and conversation skills.  Devin, along with his fellow State Officers, conducted a five day State Camp for all FFA Members in Heber, Arizona. FFA Members were able to compete in an obstacle course, accomplish teamwork activities, and develop leadership skills led by the State Officers.

The State Officers also attended the Summit Conference in Washington, DC the end of July with their State Advisor, Mrs. Bethany Matos. This advocacy training experience focused on serving as an advocate for agriculture and FFA, as well as developing clear and consistent messages related to agriculture and FFA.

FFA is a national youth organization of 669,989 student members (including over 10,100 members here in Arizona) preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  The organization has 8,630 local chapters located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  Local, state and national activities and award programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.