Writer: Aspen Lyon
LAS CRUCES–Stuart Joy's election at the national FFA convention this fall made him one of five New Mexicans in FFA history to serve as a national officer.
Joy, an Artesia native and sophomore at Lubbock Christian University, is the national FFA western region vice president.
He will travel to more than 40 states to meet with other FFA members, agriculture teachers and supporters, as well as business, government and education leaders. Joy will also participate in an international experience tour to Japan, provide leadership training for students and promote agricultural literacy.
Joy's credentials include serving as New Mexico's state president in 2003-2004 and as district five state vice president, district secretary, chapter treasurer, chapter sentinel and greenhand president.
Joy earned state awards as a star greenhand, extemporaneous public speaking winner, first-place individual in wool judging, first-place winner in farm business management, second in parliamentary procedure and a proficiency award recipient in sheep production. His supervised agricultural experience involved cotton, alfalfa, sheep and swine.
During his year of service, Joy hopes to see FFA grow and expand, reaching more students in more areas of the country. He will serve more than 490,000 FFA members nationally.
Stuart is the son of Jack and Diana Joy. His Artesia FFA advisers are Monte Avery and Justin Lamb.
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