My SAE includes raising and breeding dogs. We have six breeds of dogs including Miniature Schnauzer, Bichon, Boston Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, Blood hound and Bassett Hounds. I also help at a dog facility called Bark-N-Bath where I assist with grooming.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
During my year of service, I hope I can accomplish the task of including everyone. I want to make sure when I am at an event, there is never a student sitting off to the side alone. Something very important to me is inclusion. I want every student to know that out of all 16 state officers, there is always one that can help them.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
One person that motivates me is my advisor, Mr. Allison. He motivated me from the time I was a freshman to always try my best. At the end of my junior year, he immediately began prepping me for a state office. He was always one step ahead, encouraging me through every obstacle I faced. He is the one who also inspired me to become an agriculture teacher. After watching him over the past four years, I found it is exactly what I want to do in the future. The idea of teaching students about what I love and inspiring them to do great things is what I want in my career.
What are your plans for the future?
I will be attending Mineral Area College fall of 2017 and studying General Education with an agricultural emphasis to become an agriculture educator. I want to start a middle school agriculture program for my school and hopefully one in the smaller public schools in our community as well. I also plan on applying for a position within the National FFA as a 212* & 360* facilitator. I hope to be as active as possible in the years to follow and a supportive FFA alumni member.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Something interesting about me is my wiliness to always listen and include everyone! It is always very intriguing for me to get to know people from places away from where I live. The idea of meeting new people has always been a very strong passion of mine so being a state officer lets me challenge myself by getting to know thousands of FFA members from across the state.
Advice to FFA Members
Always remember, no matter what you are going through, FFA is one big family and someone can always help you! Take advantage of every opportunity you can throughout your high school FFA career! Every CDE, LDE or even fall speech will help you in the long run so never deny the opportunity! Life ahead can be scary at first thought but greatness awaits you in your venture ahead!