Thomas Malone, a senior at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich, has been elected the 2014-2015 FFA Massachusetts State President. Malone, who is from Harwich, and the other newly elected Massachusetts FFA officials, including Treasurer Catherine Peters, a student at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, will represent the commonwealth at state and national conferences and events.
The FFA, or Future Farmers of America, was founded in 1928. The longstanding organization supports students in agriculture-related fields of study including farmers, biologists, chemists, engineers and veterinarians. The FFA motto is "Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve".
There are 7,570 FFA chapters in the United States with nearly 600,000 members ranging in age from 12 to 21, according to the FFA website. Here in Massachusetts, there are over 3,000 members from 17 schools including the Cape's two regional technical schools.
Each state elects a new president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and sentinel each year. As president, Malone and his vice president will travel to regional and national events including the Washington Leadership Conference in June and the National FFA Convention & Expo in Kentucky in October.
"FFA has given me so many opportunities," said Malone. "This responsibility is the least I could do to repay their guidance."
FFA members and student officials participate in agricultural education and career exploration and learn about innovation and leadership in the growing and ever-expanding field of agriculture.
"Ever since the beginning of my involvement freshman year, I have enjoyed working towards a greater cause," Malone said.
The FFA is funded through sponsorships and private donations on the local, state and national level, according to the organization's website. Membership dues are $7 annually.