Mitch Baker, the newly elected secretary of the Tennessee FFA Association, has always tried to hold himself to the ideal that the greatest risks in life are the ones worth taking.
Growing up, Baker attended numerous state conventions before he began his FFA career. While he never stopped long to think about what role all these blue jackets he saw would play in his future and the opportunities that would take shape in his very own jacket; however, he is certainly aware o them now. He hopes to use the leadership skills he has developed to serve as a Tennessee State FFA Officer.
“My parents have always invested a great deal in me and I plan to rely on their words of wisdom as I help lead this association,” Baker said.
As a conclusion to the 84th Tennessee State FFA Convention in Gatlinburg, Baker was elected State FFA Secretary for 2012-2013.
Joining Baker to serve as state FFA officers for 2012-2012 are Stephen McBride of the Coffee County FFA Chapter as state president, Maryanna McClure of the Dyersburg FFA Chapter as state vice president- west, John Adam Turner of the Warren County FFA Chapter as state vice president-middle, Jessie Campbell of the Sweetwater FFA Chapter as state vice president- east, Grant Saum of the McNairy Central FFA Chapter as state treasurer, Christy Chicas of the Station Camp FFA Chapter as state reporter and Hannah Dugger of the Johnson County FFA Chapter as state sentinel.
“Many young people aspire to change the world,” Baker said. “As one of them, I understand that changing the world begins by making a difference one life at a time. This is an ideal that I hold close to me constantly.”
Baker is currently a senior and plans to attend Tennessee Tech University and major in agricultural communications. He is the son of Phillip and Chris Baker and his agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor is Steve York. Farm Bureau Insurance sponsored the entire state officer selection process.
For the next year, Baker and his state officer peers will be the face and spirit of FFA. Collectively, they will travel thousands of miles throughout the state as they engage top leaders in business, government and education and lead a host of personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members. The team will also help set policies that will shape the future of the Tennessee FFA Association and promote agricultural literacy in general.