Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 24, 2013

Stone FFA member elected to state office


CROSSVILLE — Colton McClanahan was elected state FFA treasurer for 2013-2014 at the conclusion of the 85th Tennessee State Convention in Gatlinburg. McClanahan is a member of the Stone FFA Chapter. His agricultural education instructors and FFA advisors are Keith Cole and Courtney Halfacre.

While Colton was a student of Stone Memorial High School, he was active in several FFA activities such as Agriculture Mechanics, Creed Speaking, Prepared Public Speaking, Land Judging, Quiz Bowl, Envirothon, Livestock Evaluation as the first high individual at state contest and a member of the National Gold Emblem Team. He was also chapter sentinel, treasurer, and president as well as Star Greenhand, Star Chapter Farmer and recipient of the Brian Green Memorial Scholarship.

In addition to Colton’s FFA involvement, he has been a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, as well as former Senior Class president, Beta Club president, Student Council treasurer, Best All Around Senior Superlative, and graduated 13th with a 4.0 GPA.

Joining McClanahan to serve as state FFA officers for 2013-2014 are Sarah Best of the Cookeville FFA Chapter as state president, Jeffery Rogers of Munford as state vice president-west, Scott Bohanon of McEwen as state vice president-middle, Rebekah Wright of the David Crockett FFA Chapter as vice president-east, Melinda Perkins of Paris as state secretary, Samantha Beard of Eagleville as state reporter, and Rachel Ralston of the Riverdale FFA Chapter as state sentinel.

Colton attends Tennessee Technological University where he has Maintained 4.0 GPA through college, made dean's list and president's list, and is treasurer of TTU Collegiate FFA, member of TTU Block and Bridle, recipient of the W. J. Huddleston Academic Award, and member of Delta Tau Alpha Honors Society.

For the next year, McClanahan and his state officer peers will be the face and spirit of FFA. Collectively, they will travel thousands of miles throughout the state as they engage top leaders in business, government and education and lead a host of personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members. The team will also help set policies that will shape the future of the Tennessee FFA Association and promote agricultural literacy in general.