A Granville High School sophomore underwent a difficult and intense interview and selection process to be chosen as New York State District 3 President of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for 2021-2022.
When Kerri Jennings isn’t singing, taking pictures, playing basketball and soccer or volunteering her time to educate children, she can now be seen holding virtual meetings as a young leader for FFA members and Ag students in 13 chapters in Washington County and parts of Saratoga County.
“I represent the FFA members and Ag students in my district,” Jennings said via Google Meet session. “The biggest thing that I focused on as a big part of my speech was growth. I really want to help each member be the best that they can, meet their goals, and succeed in FFA and outside of FFA too, of course.”
Jennings explained the process of being selected to represent one of 10 districts as a wonderful learning experience, having the opportunity to sharpen her interview skills and public speaking.
“It was a really, really great experience! Before we had interviews or anything, we had to fill out an application, we had to work with some other members in the district like a member spotlight with a specific member from a different school, and then after that we did our first interviews,” Jennings said.
“There were two other boys from my district that were interviewing from it,” she said. “From that, two of us got slated, myself and another kid from Schuylerville, and then Wednesday night (April 21) we gave speeches and delegates that live in the district voted on who they wanted to be their president.”
Principal Lisa Meade felt a burst of positivity through her screen while speaking with Jennings, stating her love and pride for the young, bright mind.
“Kerri just brings a brightness to everything she does,” Meade said. “Kerri is the kind of kid that you could ask her to do 20 different things and she would figure out a way to do all 20 of them, and they would all be done extremely well.”
Meade was extremely satisfied and impressed with Jennings’ involvement with Mary J. Tanner School and Granville Elementary School by instructing an Ag project and reading to children.
“Every month I meet with them and talk with them about a different area of agriculture,” Jennings said. “We’ve done lessons on plants, maple production, pork industry. And I also do read-alouds for the kids at MJT and really introduce people to what Granville FFA has to offer, that means a lot to me.”
Jennings, who has been in FFA for four years, already has her sights set on her future and credits FFA for allowing her to be more social.
“After high school, I plan to go to college, I’m not really sure what I want to do yet. I’m kind of looking at Ag education, veterinary science or maybe sports medicine,” Jennings said. “In all of those careers, you have to be able to speak with people, have conversations. And that’s something that FFA has really taught me.”
With COVID-19 restrictions easing, Jennings is excited to get back to reconvening with FFA members and leaders in-person again and completing projects in the near future. “I would really love to do a farmer Olympics,” Jennings said. “I think that would be really cool!”