Future Illinois Valley Community College agriculture student Miriam Hoffman, of Earlville, was elected as the 2018-19 Illinois Association FFA Secretary.
The newly elected officers are all women, a first in FFA’s history in Illinois.
After her year-long service as secretary, Hoffman plans to attend IVCC in fall 2019 to pursue a degree in agriculture.
“I am so excited to return to my formal education at IVCC in the fall of 2019 after my year of service to Illinois FFA,” Hoffman said in a press statement. “The amount of support I’ve received from the faculty and staff at IVCC is overwhelming, and I owe a huge thank you especially to Willard Mott from the agriculture department for encouraging me in my journey to major state office.”
The 2018 graduate of Earlville High School is the daughter of Winifred Hoffman and the late Kenneth Hoffman.
Heavily involved in the Earlville FFA chapter throughout high school, most recently she served as president of the chapter and was previously elected as chapter treasurer and vice president. She went on to be named Section 7 president and a national convention delegate.
Academically, Hoffman was valedictorian, high honor roll and named Illinois State Scholar. She was Academic Bowl captain and U.S. Senate Youth semi-finalist.
Hoffman has been awarded the Agriculture Future of America National Leader and Academic Scholarship as well as sponsorship to the upcoming AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City, Mo.