INDIANAPOLIS — Hannah Crossen can best be described with one word: dedicated.
She has not only received her State and American FFA degrees, but she has also served as the 2006 Ohio State FFA president and she is pursuing a degree in agricultural education.
This experience and dedication will help the Hillsdale High School FFA member from Jeromesville, Ohio, as she takes on the most significant role yet — inspiring more than 500,000 fellow FFA members as the 2008-2009 National FFA eastern region vice president.
She was elected to the office Oct. 25 at the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. She was among six individuals selected from a field of 38 to hold a national office.
She is the daughter of Christopher and Katherine Crossen, and her FFA advisors are Mark Hoffman and Lindsay Bowen.
For her supervised agricultural experience program, she raised market lambs and market hogs and also completed several home improvement projects, including installing a new patio and remodeling her basement. She was a national semi-finalist in extemporaneous public speaking and won first-place state honors in agricultural sales and job interview career development events.
Fulfilling her position will require traveling more than 100,000 miles; meeting top leaders in business, government and education; visiting approximately 40 states; and participating in an international experience tour to Japan.
Her responsibilities will include providing personal growth and leadership training for students, setting policies that shape the future of the organization and promoting agricultural literacy.
The national FFA officer selection process is intense and represents an assessment of years of academic and extracurricular accomplishments made by each student running for office.
Crossen now attends Ohio State University, where she is a member of OSU Alpha Zeta Partners, the OSU Buckeye Leadership Society, the OSU Agricultural Education Society and the OSU Scarlet and Gray Ag Day Committee.