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Susan Cowley, a senior at Lincoln County High School and a member of the FFA chapter, was chosen to serve as Middle Tennessee State FFA Vice President for the 2014-2015 year.
Cowley was selected as one of the eight state officers from a pool of 21 officer candidates who were all qualified in the areas of agricultural knowledge and FFA involvement. All state officer candidates underwent meticulous testing, writing assignments and a two-day interview process. Cowley was selected to represent over 13,000 FFA members of Tennessee due to her leadership skills, work ethic and passion for agriculture.
Throughout the next year while serving as an officer, Susan will conduct leadership workshops for FFA members across the state, meet numerous leaders in the agriculture industry, and facilitate Camp Clements, the FFA leadership training camp, during the summer. Cowley will also serve as a delegate at the National FFA Convention and preside over the 87th annual Tennessee State FFA convention in 2015.
Throughout her high school career, Susan has worked diligently to serve the Lincoln County chapter and prepare for state officer candidacy. Cowley has served as a chapter officer and organized multiple chapter events as well as competed in various career development events (CDEs).
During her sophomore year, Cowley competed in six CDEs, among them, the Agriculture Communications CDE, in which she placed second in the state. In this event, students are required to create a media plan and presentation promoting a local agriculture event.
During her junior year, Cowley served as the chapter Vice President. She also placed 4th in the Agricultural Sales CDE at the state level. In the Agricultural Sales CDE, students demonstrate their skills in customer relations by participating in a mock sales scenario. She also received the chapter’s Junior Workhorse Award for her commitment to creating success in the Lincoln County FFA.
Over her senior year, Cowley has served as the Lincoln County FFA Chapter president. She progressed through the district, sectional, and regional levels with prepared speaking and placed third overall at the state level with her speech on the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry.