We said goodbye to our state FFA officers as the Iowa FFA Leadership Convention came to a close, but with the goodbyes also came hellos as this year’s officers were sworn in.

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The torch for Northeast Iowa was passed on to Ryan Wolfe a senior from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth.

Ryan grew up with a farming background which helped him find his way to FFA.

I grew up on a family dairy farm and I always just had a love for animals. When I got into high school, I decided to join FFA mainly because all of my family had been in FFA growing up; cousins, parents, and grandparents and so I figured that I might as well follow the rest of them and get involved in it as well.

via Ryan Wolf
via Ryan Wolf

Over the past four years, Ryan competed in contests, served as his chapter’s Reporter, Secretary, and President, and worked on his SAE in Dairy Production Placement.

My freshman year I kind of just got thrown into contests with a bunch of seniors in the parliamentary procedure- and I actually really enjoyed the competition. Following that experience, I decided that I would try to get involved with my chapter’s officer team.

Running for state office was never a long-time goal for Ryan. He said that he decided to run this year so he can continue being involved in FFA after high school.

I mean, it kind of just was- I wouldn't say a spur-of-the-moment decision, but it was one of those that I just kind of jumped on and I learned a little bit more about it.

This year, Ryan said he wants to expand Northeast Iowa’s involvement within the community.

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