Kyle Johnson, 2017–2018 State Treasurer

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Name: Kyle Johnson
Age: 18
Hometown: Yelm
Parents: David and Christine Johnson
Siblings: Sarah Marbury

Kyle was born and raised in the once very small town of Yelm, which is now ranked as one of the fastest growing cities in all of Washington State. With about 1500 students at Yelm High School and over 1,000 FFA members, Johnson found an easy way to fit in with everyone else⎼ but he didn’t want to “fit in,” he wanted to stand out by going above and beyond what anyone else was willing to do.

“FFA has impacted me in all walks of my life, and I owe everything to the organization that has built me into what I am today” said Johnson. “Thanks to FFA, I have been able to achieve things that I can honestly say I wouldn't have been able to achieve without it.” Johnson strives to include as many people as possible in FFA, he wants all students to have the same opportunities that he’s been given.

Kyle was elected to the 2018-2019 Washington State FFA Officer team as Treasurer at the 88th Washington FFA Convention & Expo.

Johnson comes from an FFA chapter with 11 officer positions due to the large number of members. His junior year he was the 3rd Secretary, and senior year was 1st Vice President. Before running for chapter office, Johnson was the chairperson for Yelm’s recruitment committee. In Johnson's junior year, he represented Washington at the National FFA Convention in the Agricultural Sales CDE. Aside from FFA, Johnson is heavily active in SkillsUSA. In SkillsUSA, Johnson served as the Vice President his senior year, and was the community service his junior and senior year. During his senior year, he was able to represent Washington State at the SkillsUSA National convention in Kentucky in the Community Service Project. Through SkillsUSA and Yelm’s automotive program, Johnson has earned over $12,000 in scholarships. Johnson also wrestled for Yelm High School his sophomore and junior year.

Johnson has raised and shown market hogs at the Thurston County Fair for the past three years. He has also taken on seasonal jobs at two separate hay farms since he was 15. Johnson says that all the hard work he has put into his SAEs have helped teach him time management, good work ethics, and responsibility, all in a real-world application.

Currently, Johnson plans to attend Bates Technical College or SPSCC after his year in state office. He wants to take the required courses to earn industry related welding certifications to help him get accepted into a pipefitter apprenticeship program. Johnson says that he is also very optimistic and open to new avenues down the road.

“I want to do everything within my ability to make sure that every FFA member, or potential member, is not just included, but encouraged to go above and beyond their current abilities,” Johnson said. “The main reason I wanted to become a state officer was to give back, and by giving back, I want to help others be successful. I want to bring members in and elevate them to the next level.