When Cora Johnson was named the new president of the Montgomery County High School Future Farmers of America chapter for the 2022-23 school year, she was happy that she’ll get to follow in her …
When Cora Johnson was named the new president of the Montgomery County High School Future Farmers of America chapter for the 2022-23 school year, she was happy that she’ll get to follow in her father’s footsteps.
Josh Johnson was the MCHS FFA chapter president 25 years ago.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be president,” Cora Johnson said. “My dad was president in his senior year of high school, so I definitely wanted to carry on the legacy. But I’ve known since I was a freshman that I wanted to lead this FFA chapter because it means so much to me.”
Johnson will lead a group of new officers that includes vice-presidents Brianne West and Presley Schluss, secretaries Carie Schroer and Shea Stille, treasurer Ray Poston, reporter Lexy Veach, historian Destani Eversmeyer, sentinel Derrick Cobb and parliamentarian Avery Ridgley. All of them were inducted during an awards banquet on May 13 at the MCHS gymnasium.
Johnson said the bad part of being inducted was saying goodbye to seniors Izzy Freymuth, Heather Stille, Hailey Terry and Josh Gilbert. Freymuth was the president, Stille and Terry shared vice-president duties and Gilbert was the sentinel.
“It’s always hard to know that these kids who have led us throughout our FFA careers are going to be leaving us,” Johnson said. “But that means we’re now the mentors for the younger kids. Hopefully, they’ll look up to us like we looked up to them.”
Johnson, West and Schroer will be seniors, Schluss, Stille, Poston, Veach, Eversmeyer and Cobb will be juniors and Ridgley will be a sophomore this fall.
Johnson, West and Schroer are officers for the third year in a row. During the 2021-22 school year, Johnson was treasurer, West was secretary and Schroer was reporter. When they were sophomores, Johnson was reporter, Schroer was treasurer and West was reporter.
West said she has enjoyed being part of the MCHS FFA since she joined the chapter in her freshman year.
“This is one of the best experiences I’ve had throughout my high school career,” West said. “It brought me through a lot of my close friends. Cora and I have always been friends. I like to try as hard as I can to get as many of our new members as active as I have been because it (the FFA) has changed my life.”
Schroer said she’s looking forward to working as the chapter’s secretary.
“I get more involved in planning and helping the chapter minutes and everything,” Schroer said. “I’m just happy to be more active in FFA.”
Johnson said one of her main goals as president is get more underclassmen to join the chapter.
“We have a lot of freshmen who are in ag for one year, then dropped because they received their credit,” Johnson said. “But I think we have a lot of kids who would really enjoy our activities if only we get them in the door. I think it will be really good to get more people here. It starts with recruiting our freshmen and working our way up.”
Johnson also will serve as the Missouri FFA Area V treasurer during this upcoming school year. She was inducted treasurer during an Area V banquet on May 4 at Elsberry High School.
“Izzy was our Area V president last year,” Johnson said. “I was interviewed alongside her, but I didn’t receive an office. So I was interviewed again this year thanks to (Izzy) and I did receive an office. I’m absolutely thrilled to serve more chapters than just my own. I think that our area can have a big impact on Missouri FFA.”
On May 24, all nine of the officers held their first summer planning meeting at MCHS. They scheduled many events for the next three months, including an officer retreat on July 7 and an ice cream social on Aug. 24.
“We do this every year,” Johnson said. “We have an officer meeting once a month before each of our regular meetings. We keep all of our people updated. We keep detailed calendars and everything so all of our members can see what’s going on.”
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