Galt's Hannah Garrett will be returning home for a year after being elected FFA state president.
The 2011 Galt High School graduate has been studying at California State University, Chico, but she will take the year off and travel as the organization's representative. Its headquarters are in Galt.
The 84th annual California State FFA Conference was held late last month in Fresno and hosted nearly 4,600 FFA members from all over the state, including more than 50 from Galt.
Garrett could not be reached for comment, but she posted a "thank you" on the local FFA's Facebook page.
"I am so proud to be from Galt FFA and I know if it wasn't for this chapter and the people in it, today never would have happened," she wrote.
She was elected president by her peers at the close of the state FFA convention following not only a candidate speech, but three days of interviews alongside 50 other candidates. The organization allows students to run for state office both the year they graduate from high school as well as the year immediately following.
Garrett ran her senior year, made the final ballot and gave a candidate speech, but lost.
This year, she was up against a student from Sierra High School in Tollhouse, and they both gave their two-minute speeches to a packed arena.
As president, Garrett will travel the country promoting agriculture, connecting with industry officials and mentoring youths, according to the organization.
She will visit more than 100 schools and present at leadership conferences designed to inspire youths to discover their potential in agricultural education.
Garrett is in good company in her new position. Fellow Galt High graduate Vince Pellegri was elected the state president for 2010-11. He also attends California State University, Chico.
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