Karstyn Cantrell elected National FFA Central Region Vice President
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Karstyn Cantrell, an agricultural communications major at Oklahoma State University, has been elected by FFA delegates throughout the U.S. to serve on the 2022-23 National FFA Officer Team.
Cantrell, a junior from Collinsville, Okla., will serve as Central Region Vice President for the organization. She is one of six students elected by delegates to represent the organization as National FFA officers. National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA organization and each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public and more.
“I love being able to sit down and have experiences with FFA members,” Cantrell said. “I know the impacts that I can have on members and I love being able to work with them through this role.”
Cantrell was selected as one of OSU’s Top Ten Freshmen in 2021. Cantrell’s other leadership involvements include Ferguson College of Agriculture vice president, OSU alumni ambassador team and OSU panhellenic philanthropy chair.
“I have not taken a single step throughout this process without someone within the department having some sort of hand in it,” said Cantrell. “Dr. Ramsay would see me working and ask how I’m feeling. Dr. Legg ensured that I was emotionally doing okay. Dr. Settle helped me with the videography side of things with one of my virtual rounds.”
Cantrell’s biggest mentor was Ryan Best, she said. He was a consistent mentor that always ensured that Cantrell was always being taken care of during the preparation stage of candidacy.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 850,823 members in grades seven through 12 and college who belong to one of 8,995 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.