My SAE consists of both a Food Service project and an Agricultural Education project. For Food Service, I am employed at Pizza Shoppe as both a waitress and a cook. For Agricultural Education, I coordinate Agricultural Literacy programs and our Chapter’s Career Development Event we co-host with our Alumni Association.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
Throughout this year, I hope to begin to change the public opinion of agriculture. This industry is more than cows, sows and plows. I think that many people tend to overlook that. By taking part in conversation with FFA members across the state, it is my goal to give them the power to change this opinion, as well. Agricultural advocacy is one of the most important components of being an FFA member and I hope that I can share that with members throughout my year of service.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
The person who inspires me most is my grandpa, Elden. He has overcome countless obstacles in his life all in the name of doing what he loves. Whether it has been the loss of his wife and best friend or the loss of his left leg, he continues to be brave, hardworking and compassionate – all things that I strive, every day, to be.
What are your plans for the future?
In the future, I plan to combat food and water insecurity through the mechanism of sustainable agriculture. Both the United States and other countries around the world have room for improvement when it comes to the provision of necessary resources for their citizens. Therefore, I hope to use my college degree(s) to attempt to make growth in those areas evident.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I have one of the most obnoxious and loud laughs in the world. I was voted “Craziest Laugh” of my senior class and I have never been able to laugh in public without getting tons of questionable looks.
Advice to FFA Members
American author, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, once said, “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” This organization is truly unbelievable. It has the ability to teach people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds things about agriculture and life which are truly special. I will forever be glad I took the first step by being a part of the poultry CDE team my freshman year because it has stemmed into a love for agriculture and FFA which will never be replaced.