WHS grad travels more than 24,000 miles as FFA leader
One of Wellington’s own was elected to state FFA office last year.
Ryan Roberts, a 2010 graduate of Wellington High School, was elected to the office of 2011-2012 Ohio State FFA District 2 president. Over the past year Roberts has served as an Ohio FFA officer, attended classes at Ohio Christian University and worked.
Roberts traveled more than 24,000 miles, visited more than 20 FFA Chapters, and spoke to more than 10,000 FFA members.
Roberts visited with members of Ohio State Senator Gayle Manning’s staff, president to the Ohio Farm Bureau, as well as other government officials such as Governor John Kasich.
Roberts and his teammates, the other 14 state officers, traveled to Indianapolis twice and attended four sessions of FFA Camp at Camp Muskingum in Carrolton, Ohio.
Roberts has impacted members through his spoken word.
He said he presents a real life approach to members across the state, and stressed to members that each has value, and that each has a different combination of strengths that no one else has. Together they can create a better world.
Roberts said the FFA has changed his life in ways that he cannot put into words and if members take advantage of this opportunity, their lives will never be the same.
Roberts said he credits Wellington schools superintendent Francis Scruci, president of the Wellington Board of Education Sally Stewart, Wellington High School teacher John Perry and Wellington High School principal Chris Wert for their constant support.
He also said FFA advisor Shannon Thome showed him how to be an effective leader and much more. Since Thome has been the FFA advisor and agricultural education instructor at Wellington High School, he said she has grown the chapter to almost double the size that it was when she started. The Wellington FFA Chapter now has more than 70 members.
Roberts is the son of Debra Dezso, and is a junior at Ohio Christian University studying leadership and government relations.