My SAE consists of purebred Angus females on a primarily fall breeding schedule. Through these females, I produce Angus breeding bulls and replacement heifers that I sell at private treaty and through local auctions. I also own Simmental cattle that I use to produce show cattle, which I exhibit at local, state and national events.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
I hope to impact Missouri FFA members during my service as a state FFA officer. Ever since I was a Greenhand, I have been impacted by amazing individuals such as the past Missouri state FFA officers. Now, it is my turn give back all I have received the past four years. If I can impact even one FFA member in the next year, I will have achieved my goal.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
Throughout my life, I have always been motivated and inspired by individuals that overcame extreme challenges. I love reading articles and hearing stories of people that are challenged physically, mentally or emotionally within a situation, yet they beat the odds and succeed no matter the challenge. This inspires me to embrace the challenges I face head on with a “can-do” attitude.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend the University of Missouri and major in Agriculture and Science Journalism. Ultimately, I hope to pursue a career in public relations.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I love to sing. I have been accepted and attended National FFA Choir for the past two years, I was even lucky enough to sing a solo in the 2016-2017 FFA choir. While I love to express myself through FFA public speaking, I love to express through music as a new perspective.
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to FFA members is to never underestimate yourself. I spent a great amount of my time in FFA convincing myself that I was not good enough to achieve something. While we might have these thoughts sometimes, we truly must take those chances we are afraid of. Never let anyone tell you, even if that person is yourself, that you can’t do something. Never convince yourself that you can’t do something. You can do anything, and you can achieve anything. In the words of my friend’s grandfather, “Can’t means you don’t want to.”