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Birrittier reflects on FFA officer experience

By on November 7, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Joey Birritier

Joey Birrittier’s FFA career began unremarkably. 

As a freshman at Waterloo High School, his guidance counselor told him to sign up for an elective class. He told the counselor to pick.

She signed him up for an agriculture class, which soon found him in the school’s FFA program. 

“I like to say it’s a happy accident,” Joey said. “I’m grateful for that occurrence.”

He went on to hold positions in the Waterloo FFA chapter and at the regional level before eventually becoming Illinois FFA President last June.

Then, this year, he ran for a position as a national FFA officer, making it to the final 23 candidates before being eliminated. 

Joey spoke with the Republic-Times about his experience as a state officer and the run for national office…>>> 


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James Moss