Ohio’s candidate to become National FFA Officer for 2017-2018 is Mary Buehler, former president of the Ohio FFA Association. She continues to be in contention for national office.
“It’s really neat to transition from state president to national officer candidate,” Buehler said. “A lot of those people that I met throughout my year last year — those members — they are what have inspired me to run as a national officer and I’ve been getting a lot of texts and messages from them as encouragement and I just hope I can represent Ohio to the best of my ability.”
Buehler must go through a number of interviews that whittle down the amount of blue corduroy-clad young people hoping to lead the organization over the next year.
“It started back in June. I was chosen for a candidate for Ohio so it’s been all sorts of prep and studying since then. I drove to Indy on Friday evening and we started the process bright and early at 7 a.m. on Saturday. I’ve had three rounds of interviews so far and one more to go before we find out who’s going to be advancing on.”
Buehler offers advice to FFA members experience the 90th National FFA Convention.
“I would say just to soak up the awesomeness that is convention. It’s so empowering to be in such a big sea of blue and to meet people from all across the nation. There’s a lot of really neat people. Lock in that encouragement and inspiration and bring it back home with you.”