MANHATTAN — Lydia Watanabe from the Arkansas City FFA chapter was elected to serve as the 2021-22 Kansas FFA Reporter at the virtual 93rd Kansas FFA Convention, June 2-4. Watanabe was among 7 candidates running for a state officer position to represent more than 9,700 Kansas FFA members.

As state reporter, Watanabe will serve on a team of six officers who will travel across the state sharing their passion for agriculture, leadership and service. Kansas FFA officers present workshops and conferences across the state and challenge FFA members to serve their communities and the agriculture industry.

A three-year FFA member, Watanabe has served as president and vice president of the Greeley County FFA Chapter and president of the Southwest FFA District. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is in Veterinary Science Placement. In the fall, she will attend Kansas State University, where she plans to major in animal science and then seek a position in the field of zoo and wildlife veterinary medicine. 

Lydia is the daughter of Christie and Yoshitsugu Watanabe and granddaughter of Sue Myers. Her FFA chapter advisors are Kasie Bogart, Josie Reilly and Jacob Sumpter.

The 2021-22 Kansas FFA Officer team includes: President Ashley Chandler, Neodesha FFA; Vice President Rachel Sebesta, Ellsworth FFA; Secretary Eric Peterson, Clifton-Clyde FFA; Treasurer Jocelyn Dvorak, Hiawatha FFA; Reporter Lydia Watanabe, Arkansas City FFA; and Sentinel Josey Schmidt, Greeley County FFA.

Through the partnership between the Kansas FFA Foundation and the Midwest Ford Dealers

Association, each of the elected officers will be receiving a $500 scholarship to further their educational goals.

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