SPRINGFIELD — A Fisher resident and recent Fisher High School graduate has been elected president of the Illinois FFA, rounding out the organization's first all-female state-officer team.
Sophia Hortin, who served as Fisher chapter president in 2017-18, was honored for her work as an agriculture advocate Thursday at the 90th annual Illinois State FFA Convention in Springfield. The election marks the first time in the group's history that all major state officers are women.
"After talking with my other newly elected teammates, we decided that this year, we really want to have a real impact on the members ... by getting out there during our chapter visits and any opportunity that we can to hopefully show them how FFA can help them and help them realize their potential for success throughout their life," Hortin said.
Fisher FFA adviser Jennifer Boberg said Hortin was the ideal presidential candidate because she embodies the three-day event's "Be Bold" theme.
"When I think about Sophie, the first thing that comes to my mind is that she's a self-starter," Boberg said. "She looks at her goals, she knows exactly what she wants and she goes for it without any doubts or questions. She's dedicated and her heart is in it."
Hortin will spend the next 12 months serving as president before attending the University of Illinois. She plans to become an agriculture teacher like Boberg.
"As her adviser, sometimes I ask her for advice," Boberg said. "She is always our voice of reason as our chapter president this year and our vice president last year. I'm sure she will have great things to give as FFA president."
Hortin's historic state-officer team includes Vice President Eliza Petry of the Rochelle chapter, Reporter Shaylee Clinton of the Mount Vernon chapter, Secretary Miriam Hoffman of the Earlville chapter and Treasurer Taylor Hartke of the Teutopolis chapter.
Tim Ditman contributed to this report.