Layni LeBlanc, an LSU College of Agriculture and Honors College student and a graduate of Walker High School, was elected as the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) secretary during the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.
LeBlanc is the first Louisiana FFA member elected as a national officer in 31 years, the fifth overall since 1930, and the first female from the state in history.
Walker High will hold a rally in her honor in the school’s gymnasium on Thursday, Nov. 15, beginning at 7:30 a.m. LeBlanc will be presented to the school, and special guests will be in attendance to speak of her accomplishments.
LeBlanc, the 2016 WHS Student of the Year, is majoring in animal sciences with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. She is also minoring in communication studies and is a member of LSU’s Collegiate FFA, Collegiate 4-H, and Pre-Veterinary Club.
She served as the 2016-2017 Louisiana FFA State Secretary, a position she was elected to by a committee of her student peers. LeBlanc will serve the national organization for a one-year term as secretary.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S.
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.
For more information, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.