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Senior Department Officials to Meet with New FFA National Officers

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Event Date 1: January 19, 2012 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan welcomes the new 2011-12 FFA National Officers to the U.S. Department of Education headquarters today at 4 p.m. ET. Duncan will congratulate the student officers, thank them for their leadership, and discuss the administration’s support for agriculture education, and career and technical education. The meet-and-greet will be followed by a group photo with the students.

From 4:10 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET, the students will meet other Department senior officials, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White and the Department’s agriculture education program specialist, Dr. Steve Brown, who serves as a national advisor to the FFA, founded in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. This school year, new officers are traveling throughout the country to engage top leaders in business, government and education. These meetings will help set policies that will shape the future of the National FFA organization and promote agricultural literacy.

Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White
National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
2011-2012 FFA National Officers:
Ryan Best, National FFA president, New Mexico State University
Jason Troendle of Minnesota, secretary;
Kenneth Quick, Eastern Region vice president;
Alicia Hodnik of Wisconsin, Central Region vice president;
Cain Thurmond of Georgia, Southern Region vice president; and
Seth Pratt of Idaho, Western Region vice president
What : Meeting with the 2011-12 FFA National Officers
When : 4-5 p.m. ET Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 (Secretary Duncan will join from 4-4:10 p.m. ET)
Where : U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.