This year Peyton Stoddard is vice president of Shelley High School’s FFA chapter and plans to run for president next year.
She’s passionate about her office and how influential the two top FFA offices are.
“One of my goals is to run for president next year,” Stoddard said. “I really love FFA. The vice president and president offices increases your chances to share with people how much FFA has to offer with its emphasis on public speaking skills, developing leadership skills and introducing possible careers.”
Stoddard, 16, is a junior and as vice president she utilizes social media to communicate with other chapter members, to help sell raffle and fundraising tickets, inform committee members and to organize and help assist the president prepare for meetings.
Currently, she’s actively involved in selling raffle tickets for the Idaho FFA. Chapters throughout the state receive half of each $20 ticket sold. This year’s first place prize is a 2020 Polaris Ranger. The money raised is used for scholarships. Stoddard has personal experience with the state program since her sister Addison Stoddard won a scholarship from the organization. Winning tickets are drawn at the state convention next April.
She’s also district treasurer of the South Upper Snake River FFA District. The district includes 10 schools; Firth, Snake River, Technical Careers High School, Mackay, Highland, Skyline, Challis Blackfoot and Aberdeen.
“I’m excited about meeting new people and sharing my excitement about FFA,” she said.
One of Stoddard’s favorite activities is public speaking. Last year, she won second at a district public speaking event where she prepared and delivered a short speech.
“As a sophomore, it was a great experience,” she said.
Stoddard is also very active in the Idaho Falls Farmers Market with her parents Jay and Junean Stoddard. Her dad is president of the board and her mom is manager of the Saturday event held each week in Idaho Falls throughout the summer. The family raises a large garden and sells produce at the event.
This year, she grew and sold fresh flowers at the Farmers Market from her own booth. She chose the activity as her Supervised Agriculture Experience in school. She raises zinnias, dahlias, sunflowers and gladiolas. She’s sold about 1,000 flowers in six weeks.
“It started small and I was surprised it grew so big, so quickly,” she said. “Colorful flowers add so much to people’s lives. Recently, I sold a lot of sunflowers for a backyard wedding. It’s a cool feeling to help someone help put their wedding together with my flowers.”