Felicity Cantrell, a senior this past school year at Seymour High School, now is a state officer.
Specifically, Cantrell, a 2020 graduate of Seymour High School, recently was selected as a member of the new Missouri State FFA Officer Team, which she will serve as a vice president.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series of interviews for the state FFA positions were done virtually. Cantrell was selected and was sworn in to her new position on Wednesday, June 3.
Cantrell has served in a wide variety of FFA offices during her four years at Seymour High School, including terms as the president of the Seymour FFA chapter and president of the Missouri Area XII FFA. She also has served the local chapter as its reporter and secretary.
She’s earned a wide array of awards in FFA. Cantrell has competed at the state level in FFA knowledge, agricultural sales and livestock evaluation. She won a chapter agricultural- sales entrepreneurship proficiency award.
Cantrell also has been named Chapter Star Greenhand and Outstanding Chapter Member. She is a graduate of the Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural Experiences Academy.
In addition to FFA, Cantrell served as secretary of her senior class, was the captain of the varsity cheerleading team and was a huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She was a member of the student council, the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization and worked on the school’s yearbook staff.
Her supervised agricultural-experience program consists of raising laying hens. She sells the eggs to a local customer base.
Outside of school, Cantrell was crowned the 2017 Seymour Apple Princess at that year’s Seymour Apple Festival.
In her church, she has attended mission trips, taught children’s church, has planned various activities and is a youth-group member.
She will serve as a state FFA officer for the upcoming 2020-21 term.
This fall, Cantrell is headed to college at the Ozark Technical Community College (OTC) in Springfield, where she will study agricultural education, then plans to transfer to Missouri State University, Springfield, where she plans to get a degree in agriculture education.
Cantrell said she hopes to return to southern Missouri to teach agricultural education.
She is the daughter of Carlos Cantrell and Krystal Brown.
The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members, representing 348 chapters.
Cantrell is only the second student in school history to hold a statewide FFA office.