Claire Baney
Claire Baney
Claire Baney became a 2017 graduate from Hamilton Southeastern High School last spring. Now she is the 2017-2018 Indiana FFA State President.
Baney and her fellow Indiana state officers are currently living in the leadership center together, then all plan to head to Purdue University next year. Baney plans to double major in AG econ and animal sciences.
Baney joined Hamilton Southeastern’s FFA organization during her freshman year of high school. Baney had no agricultural background before she joined FFA.
Tom Younts, Hamilton Southeastern FFA chapter advisor, noticed the commitment and excitement Baney had for the organization from the start.
“She went to it like a duck to water,” Younts said. “She wanted to be involved in everything.”
Baney competed in multiple FFA contests, specifically speaking competitions, throughout her high school FFA career and earned second and third place awards a few times throughout her time in the organization.
Now she enjoys her duties as president and informing people about agriculture.
“People don’t always recognize that agriculture is so important.” Baney said. “It wouldn’t be possible to do what we do everyday without agriculture.”
Baney wanted to become a state officer for more than one reason.
“I became really passionate about educating people about agriculture.” Baney said. “I also wanted to continue to build relationships with FFA members too.”
Baney and her fellow officers attend chapter events and conferences throughout the state during the year. Each officer will be visiting a different section of Indiana during National FFA week coming up on February 17-24.
“I will be attending an FFA Olympics, bowling, breakfasts, and petting zoos when I travel during FFA week,” Baney said.
Baney only has a few more months before her time as president comes to an end, but has impressed her peers and colleagues so far.
“She’s about half way through her duty,” Younts said. “I think she’s done an outstanding job.”
Baney will introduce Gov. Eric Holcomb at the 2018 Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast Feb. 22.