Joshua Bethard, a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, is the 2018-2019 Delaware FFA State President. Joshua currently attends the University of Delaware where he is studying agricultural education.
Joshua first learned about FFA from his sister, Lindsey.
“When I was in elementary school I had the opportunity to see my sister be in FFA and take this organization to great lengths,” he said. “Once I saw all that she had done and the opportunities available in this organization, I was hooked and could not wait for when I could get to high school and join.”
Joshua’s most challenging FFA experience was when he attended Washington Leadership Conference. At the time, he was not an outgoing person and had to try to make friends with the hundreds of FFA members he did not know.
“Luckily we all had one thing in common; we all wore the blue corduroy jacket,” he said. “Needless to say I adjusted and consider my WLC experience to be one of my most memorable FFA experiences.
Joshua said he has dreamed of serving the Delaware FFA members as a state officer.
“I am most looking forward to going out into the chapters and getting to know members
stories, stories of life or FFA stories,” Joshua said. “Everyone has something to tell and I am excited to hear what the members have to tell.”
Here are some of Joshua’s favorite things:
CDE: Extemporaneous Speaking
Color: Case IH Tractor Red
Hobbies: I grew up collecting 1/16th scale toy tractors which stems from other family
members such as my grandfather and uncles who collect, as well. I also grew up showing goats, including Pygmy and Boer goats.
Quote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” (John Quincy Adams)