Nelson of Joplin FFA Chapter named State FFA Vice President

Nelson of Joplin FFA Chapter named State FFA Vice President


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COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2021 – During the 94th Missouri FFA Convention, Emily Nelson was named the 2022-2023 State FFA Vice President. Nelson is a member of the Joplin FFA Chapter. Her parents are Jeremy and Robin Nelson of Joplin. Her advisors are Charli Baugh and John Mareth. 


Nelson’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of showing goats and raising a guide dog puppy as part of the Gallant Hearts puppy raiser program. She also previously worked at Texas Roadhouse.


During high school, Nelson served as Area 9 vice president, and chapter president, vice president, and secretary.


Nelson participated in the FFA creed speaking leadership development event, and meats evaluation and poultry evaluation career development events. She was recognized as a Group 1 individual in both career development events. Nelson was the area winner for the Missouri Teach Ag FFA Fall Speaking Contest. She won the area speciality animal production proficiency award and placed third in the area food service and goat production proficiencies. Nelson won the Public Speaking Academy Leadership Medal, and was named the Chapter Star Greenhand and Chapter Star Farmer.


In addition to FFA, Nelson was the treasurer for National Honor Society and secretary for the Tri-M National Music Honor Society. She is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society. Nelson participated in cross country, orchestra and Math League. She also participated in the Missouri Southern State University Symphony as a violinist. Outside of school, Nelson is an active member in her church’s youth group. 


After graduating high school, Nelson’s plans include attending the University of Missouri-Columbia to study agricultural communications. She hopes to continue to advocate for the agricultural industry through her career.

The Missouri FFA has 25,626 members representing 353 chapters. The national organization has more than 735,000 members representing 8,817 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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