Lauren Evans (left) and Taylor Campbell work side-by-side Wednesday during an agriculture class at Jay County High School. Evans, a senior, was selected as the vice president of FFA District VI, while Campbell, a junior, will serve as the reporter. (The Commercial Review/Samm Quinn)
Lauren Evans (left) and Taylor Campbell work side-by-side Wednesday during an agriculture class at Jay County High School. Evans, a senior, was selected as the vice president of FFA District VI, while Campbell, a junior, will serve as the reporter. (The Commercial Review/Samm Quinn)
Two Jay County High School students were picked to be FFA District VI officers.
Senior Lauren Evans and junior Taylor Campbell will be looking over 12 different high school FFA chapters in the district that also includes Blackford, Adams, Wells, Grant, Huntington and Wabash counties.
Evans was selected to be vice president, and Campbell was selected to be reporter. Their process began last school year when they first applied to be officers.
  “I’m really excited,” Evans said. “I think it’s going to be fun. I’m hoping we can spread different knowledge to different schools.”
Campbell said she’s looking forward to meeting new people and is happy to be working with Evans.
“I thought it was really cool that two people from Jay County got it,” she said.
Both girls are vice presidents for the Jay County FFA program. Each said being heavily involved in the local chapter helped in earning the district position.
Altogether, four Jay County students applied to be district officers. Evans and Campbell join only three other Jay County students who have served as district officers.
Evans said she’s proud of the accomplishment.
“I felt it showed that hard work really does pay off,” she said.
Evans will assist the president in running meetings and will take over if the president isn’t able to preside over a meeting. Campbell is hoping the experience will benefit her down the road.
“I wanted to be a district officer so I could get a higher position in FFA, learn more about it and prepare for the future,” Campbell said.
As reporter, she’ll talk with media, write press releases and let communities know what local FFA chapters are doing.
As a district team, the six officers will spend weekends meeting with chapter officers and discussing plans to make each individual FFA chapter better. This weekend, they head to Trafalgar for leadership training.
The two girls went to the FFA state convention this summer, where they applied to be on the district board. They had to submit a resume and be interviewed.
Following that process, a committee then slated each of the district positions.
Evans and Campbell will serve in the positions until May when the application process starts again. Evans, who will graduate this year, said she plans to get involved at the state level.
“I felt like applying for a district officer position gives me the opportunity to get my name out in my community and other communities,” she said.