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County's Lilly Scholar named Indiana FFA director

Posted: Friday, November 6, 2020

Samantha (Paschal) Miller, Huntington County’s 2011 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, awarded through the Huntington County Community Foundation, was promoted to the director of the Indiana Future Farmers of America (FFA) Association last week by the Indiana State Department of Agricultural.

Preceding her promotion, Miller served as the FFA assistant director for approximately three years. Indiana FFA is a dynamic youth organization that provides students opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success.

The responsibilities that come with Miller’s new title include overseeing operations for the 214 chapters and over 12,500 members in Indiana. Miller will also supervise the Indiana FFA Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair, coordinate strategic plan initiatives, and lead the FFA Association board of trustees.

While attending Huntington North High School, Miller was highly active in FFA and 4-H all throughout her high school years. During her junior year, she was selected to represent the State of Indiana at the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation, a week of “mock” Senate sessions held in Washington D.C. once a year. This once in a life-time opportunity gives participants a firsthand experience with practical insight into how the federal government works. While there, Miller had the honor of meeting President Barack Obama, and was given a library card to the Library of Congress.

During her senior year the Huntington North High School, Miller was awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, surpassing 24 other applicants. In answer to one of the questions on the Lilly application, “What might you say to other Huntington county residents considering a college education?” Miller responded…” Children and adults need to be told to dream and set goals and then set a plan in motion to achieve the goal.” Wise words from someone who clearly had a vision and path set early in life.