Aron Hutchins, a 2009 Stephenville graduate and dedicated FFA member, is running for State FFA president and will learn his fate on July 10.
“It makes me pretty nervous, but I am really looking forward to it,” said Hutchins.
Students can run for state president or vice president only after they have graduated from high school, but winning these positions would delay their entry into college, something Hutchins is ready to deal with.
“I’d really like to be president because you are able to travel the state with the first vice (president) and meet FFA members and encourage active membership,” said Hutchins.
In order to achieve this goal, Hutchins has gone through a long interview process including a “rough” exam, an interview with influential FFA members and officiates and will complete the final step of the process on July 8, when he gives his speech at the State convention. “I have to speak in front of 10,0000-12,000 people and that is scary,” said Hutchins, as he added that he was very happy to have the opportunity, no matter how nervous he may be.
In preparation for the big day, Hutchins gave his speech in front of a dedicated following at Stephenville First Assembly on Thursday. During his speech, audience members were asked to critique different areas of the overall performance including eye contact, interest and overall effectiveness.
Things look good for Hutchins, as he is in close contention for a top spot come July, but being prepared is something that is very important to him. After practicing his speech twice for the audience, he reflected on why he wants to be president.
“My main goal is to continue to increase member involvement in FFA. It is important that you encourage people to remain steady in their vision,” said Hutchins.
Hutchins also feels that the general population of FFA members is “inspiring” and is the driving force behind his bid for president.
“FFA is one of those rare things that captured my heart. I’m just trying to pursue it in any way I can,” said Hutchins.
As Hutchins gives his speech in front of the 63,000 voting delegates that will decide his fate, he faces 10 challengers and an unlucky draw.
“I drew the first spot,” said Hutchins. “Only one candidate who drew the first spot has won, but that candidate won in Dallas and that is where the convention is this year.”
With hard work, dedication and luck on his side, Hutchins will learn the results of the election on July 10.