MSU’s Mamie Hertel becomes first woman from Montana selected as national FFA officer

The annual FFA National Convention is usually both an enjoyable and educational experience for the nearly 70,000 young agriculturalists who attend. But for one Montana State University student, the 2019 convention was life changing.

Mamie Hertel is a sophomore financial engineering major, a multidisciplinary program in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics in the MSU College of Agriculture and College of Letters and Science, and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering. On Nov. 2, Hertel was selected as the Central Region FFA vice president, one of six national officer positions. She is the eighth Montanan to hold such an office and the first Montana woman.

“It was an amazing feeling. I can’t even begin to describe it,” said Hertel of hearing her name called on the last day of the convention, which took place in Indianapolis. “It still feels like a

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