There isn’t much that makes Ken Quick Jr. nervous.
But Quick admitted Friday to being just a bit nervous in his first trip home since becoming Granville’s first-ever national FFA Organization officer.
The Cornell freshman returned home for a warm reception from friends, family and local dignitaries Nov. 18 with a whirlwind year of touring the nation ahead of him as the Eastern Region Vice President.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone here in this town because I know that I get to see some pretty amazing and cool things throughout this year and see how agriculture and agriculture education is impacting life across the nation, but I know that my life was impacted by the people here who allowed this opportunity for me and so many of my friends here in the Granville Chapter of the FFA,” Quick said.
Quick returned to say thank you while those assembled from Assemblyman Tony Jordan, supervisor Matt Hicks and mayor Brian LaRose to current chapter president Alissa Dunavan and district president Brittany Perry came to congratulate one of their own for his achievement.
Quick is, at 19, state executive secretary Juleah Tolosky said, the youngest national officer for FFA.
Jordan offered his congratulations having already presented Quick with a proclamation during his senior year at Granville following his run as New York State President.
Hicks read a proclamation from the Washington County Board of Supervisors congratulating Quick on his achievement. Looking back Hicks said although he did not know Kenny that well he knew his family so he was not surprised he achieved so much. “I know the foundation you came from so I’m not surprised,” Hicks said.
While Mayor LaRose announced the village had made Nov. 18 Ken Quick Jr. Day. Dunavan and Perry also spoke telling the audience Quick and his accomplishments were an inspiration to them and to all FFA members. “I believe in Ken Quick because he pushed me to be great,” Perry said.
Looking back, Tolosky said she knew from the first time she met Quick she would be seeing him again so it was a pleasant shock when he was elected state president without a second vote – something she said never happens.
As a national officer for FFA, Quick will spend the next year largely living out of suitcase while taking a year off from school.
The warm reception was a great way to kick off that year, he said.
“It was nice to see and thank everyone who had such a huge impact on my life, my family, school administrators, the people in local government who were here that made the Granville FFA Chapter possible and be able to say thank you to them on behalf of all of our members – it’s something that I’m proud to be able to do,” Quick said.