I have a variety of Supervised Agricultural Experiences. First, I help on my family farm that consists of registered Gelbvieh and Balancer beef cattle. I assist in basic duties ranging from checking the cattle daily, tagging newborns, and halter-breaking show prospects. Secondly, I am involved in Agriculture Services as I work at the local hardware store in Aurora. I help assist customers in our power tools, lawn and garden, hardware, plumbing, lumber and rental departments. I am also involved in Ag Communications and Ag Education where I look to advocate for the agriculture industry and the FFA organization through a variety of programs I coordinate.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
During my freshmen year I was able to see the impact that state officers have on members. Ever since, I have strived to improve my own skillset so that I can make the same impact on the Missouri FFA Association and its members. I have always wanted to encourage, motivate, inspire and lead members within the state. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to make a huge impact in the lives of many others throughout this coming year.
Who is your hero and why?
Throughout my lifetime, I have had so many people motivate and encourage me that it is definitely hard to narrow it down to one. These people have become my positive role models and heroes. However, if I had to chose one, it would be my older sister, Courtney Spencer. She is four years older than me so therefore I grew up in her shadow watching her strive for success in all the activities that she participated in. I can remember a specific instance when I was in eighth grade living the stress-free life of watching March Madness in the living room. Courtney had been in her room all night doing “homework.” I walked back to her room to ask her why she wasn’t watching basketball, especially March Madness! Courtney was not working on homework, but instead she was planning FFA activities for the members of the Aurora FFA chapter. Throughout that year I was able to see first-hand the passion and dedication that my sister has for the FFA organization.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend the University of Missouri—Columbia where I will pursue an Agriculture Education teaching certificate. I want to become an Agriculture Education instructor so that I can continue to share my passion for our organization. I also look forward to teaching the younger generations about the importance of agriculture in today’s society.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
First, I love communicating and meeting random people. I find it extremely interesting to get to know all types of people. I love hearing their stories and passions for the things they love. Secondly, I am an avid sports fan. I played basketball year-round for 10 years before deciding not to play to pursue my passion of agriculture. I follow the daily sports news and watch SportsCenter and other ESPN talk shows every chance I get.
Advice to FFA Members
Some of the best advice I have to offer is to be yourself, step outside your comfort zone, and take advantage of every opportunity you encounter. As FFA members, we have unlimited opportunities to improve our skillsets, meet new people and travel the world. These opportunities arise if you challenge yourself to step outside your zone and do something that you aren’t familiar or comfortable with. The number one fear of all humans is public speaking and through FFA every member has the opportunity to eliminate this through speaking contests. Next, I encourage every FFA member to set challenging goals for themselves. These goals will help you reach further and work harder.