Agricultural Education. Throughout my high school career, my SAE evolved from a volunteer project to a payroll position. I started by teaching at St. Peter Catholic School once a week in an after school program which had only eight students. By December 2016, I became a contracted Agriculture Education on the Move (AEOTM) employee, teaching four times a week to 94 third graders at Eastwood Elementary during the school day. My SAE has evolved further into duties such as filming instructional demos of each activity included in the AEOTM curriculum, filming commercials for recruitment purposes, managing AEOTM social media accounts and writing blog posts for the company.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
As a Missouri FFA officer, I’m looking forward to interacting with Missouri FFA members and learning their stories. Most importantly, I’m ecstatic to make time for the little things: to learn all the little quirks of other officer team members, to hang out with FFA members at the lake during FFA Camp and to experience the Hearnes Center when it’s empty before the 2018 Missouri FFA Convention. I am looking forward to my year of service with so much excitement, hope and willingness to find joy everywhere I look.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
My family is definitely the driving force behind my inspiration to serve the Missouri FFA Association. My mother displays constant selflessness and has taught me how to live and interact with a servant’s heart. My father is a strong leader with values and integrity that shine through. My sister has the most honest and dedicated work ethic of anyone I know. She inspires me to be determined and humble each and every day.
What are your plans for the future?
I will attend the University of Missouri – Columbia and major in Agricultural Journalism. I hope to attend law school after earning my undergraduate degree and work in agricultural policy. Above all, I plan to utilize my experiences and knowledge of rural life to help consumers develop an understanding and appreciation of agriculture, the way their food is produced and the farming families who make it all happen.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Growing up, I spent my summers living out of horse trailers with my parents and my sister surrounded by the sport of rodeo. I had the opportunity to travel across our great nation visiting communities located anywhere from Belgrade, Montana to Kellettville, Pennsylvania attending some of the best Pro-Rodeos in the country. Both of my parents are rodeo coaches at Missouri Valley College, which has given me the opportunity to integrate the western lifestyle and my rodeo background into the way I advocate for Missouri agriculture.
Advice to FFA Members
The most important characteristic an FFA member should possess is originality. Every individual involved in the agriculture industry has a unique story, skill set, opinion and lifestyle. I challenge each FFA member to find the courage and confidence to share their own raw, genuine story of agriculture and share it with each person they meet. I guarantee utilizing that story will amplify the impact they have as they change from FFA members or chapter officer, to speakers, leaders, scientists, businessmen and everything in between.