I raise Hereford Cattle on my family’s farm and have developed an Agricultural Communications SAE. In Tipton’s agriculture building, I created and maintained an interactive board where students guess the correct answer for the agriculture fact of the week. Each week, a new winner is announced and students learn about agriculture in various ways. I also present to eighth grade students about the importance of agriculture and benefits of joining an FFA program.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
Throughout my year of service, I hope to amplify members’ passion to become further involved within FFA. Helping students see their potential and guide them to reach for opportunities is a goal I have because of individuals who have done the same for me. Together, by further starting conversations and building relations, Missouri FFA will RISE to new and elevated heights.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
My grandma is a person who greatly motivates and inspires me because of her resilience and dedication. After experiencing a stroke that left her right arm paralyzed, she continues to have an uplifting attitude and commitment to live every day to her fullest potential. She daily teaches me the value in hard work and perseverance with all the tasks she compels herself to complete.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to attend Missouri State University to study Kinesiology and Agriculture Communications. I plan to become either a Physical Therapist or marketing consultant for an agricultural company.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
When I was born, my middle sister thought I was supposed to be a cow, and became highly disappointed when she did not receive her “cow.” This is because she had only witnessed baby calves being born on our family farm and assumed I would be the same. To console her disappointment, my parents bought her a stuffed animal calf the following Christmas since she still wasn’t sure how to feel about the fact she had a baby sister. Luckily, if you would ask her today about still being disappointed, she would respond that she is happy I wasn’t born as a baby calf – but still keeps her stuffed animal around just in case she changes her mind!
Advice to FFA Members
Always remember carry an “attitude of gratitude” to fully utilize the opportunities you are given. As FFA members, we are given countless options to further develop as individuals and connect with peers. Using experiences as building blocks, we are creating a solid foundation to propel us in the future. Enjoy every present moment you find yourself in, whether that be attending National Convention or having early morning contest meetings with your team and advisor, because those are the events which will significantly impact your life!