Mason Gordon Rushville, Indiana Rushville FFA Mr. Blair Orme, Miss Quinn Wicker and Mr. Travis Harvey, Advisors Mason Gordon, 18, is proudly serving as the 2015-2016 Indiana FFA State Southern Region Vice President. Mason is thrilled for the opportunity to serve the over 11,000 members of the Indiana FFA Association. Mason is the son of Mike Gordon and Sally Christian. Mason has served as the Rushville FFA Greenhand President, Chapter Reporter, and President. At the District level, Mason has served as the District IX President. He has also been awarded Star Greenhand, Chapter’s Points Board Champion, and was a Chapter Top-3 Fruit Salesman for two years. Mason has served as the chairperson of his chapter’s Hog Roast and Dance, Canned Food Drive, and Middle School FFA Committees. Mason has attended SOAR conference, once as a member and once as a counselor, where he proudly coached the champion Creed Speaking group. Mason also attending FIRE conference and Premier Leadership Training, both as a member. Mason has attended State Convention four times, while serving as a delegate at the 85th Indiana State Convention. On the National Level, Mason has attended the Washington Leadership Conference as well as National FFA Convention. Mason was active in many Career Development Events (CDE’s) including: Livestock Evaluation, Meats Evaluation, Crops Evaluation, Livestock Skill-a-thon, Chapter Meeting, Prepared Public Speaking, Creed Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, and Leadership Ambassador. Mason has competed in many state CDE’s where he was blessed to have exceptional teammates who helped him experience state titles in Livestock Skill-a-thon and Meats Evaluation. Individually, Mason placed in the top 5 in both CDE’s. Mason was the 2012 State Creed Speaking Winner and advanced to the state level in Prepared Public Speaking, Leadership Ambassador, and Chapter Meeting. Mason has competed in 3 national Livestock Evaluation CDE’s where he had the opportunity to travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Omaha, Nebraska. His team placed third in Raleigh and Omaha while Mason was the 2 nd high individual in reasons in Omaha, 2nd high individual in the swine division in Raleigh, and 7th overall individual in Omaha. Mason also represented Indiana in the National Creed Speaking CDE, where he received a bronze medal. Mason’s SAE includes Swine Production Entrepreneurship and Agricultural Education. Annually, Mason exhibits 2-4 head of swine at the Rush County fair to market females to local producers. His projects have been awarded Champion Hampshire Gilt, Champion Hampshire Barrow, Reserve Champion Duroc Gilt, and numerous class winning crossbred barrows. In conjunction with raising pigs, Mason assists in coaching younger members on the Meats Evaluation, Livestock Skill-a-thon, and Livestock Evaluation teams which contributes to his Agricultural Education SAE. Mason has been involved in many community and school activities. He is a 10 year 4-H member. During his time as a member in 4-H, Mason served as his club President for 3 years. Mason is a member of National Honor Society and Varsity Scholars. He mentors elementary aged children with his involvement in Peer Helpers and Facilitators. Mason is the youth member of the Rushville Hometown Collaboration Initiative Committee, where he helps plan future economic improvements for Rush County. Mason is a member of the 2015 graduating class of Rushville Consolidated High School. He has earned a GPA of 3.83 while pursuing his Academic Honors Diploma. Mason plans to be on the livestock evaluation team at Lincoln Land Community College for two years and then transfer to Purdue University to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education. After school, Mason plans to influence students as an agricultural teacher and FFA advisor.