My SAE consists of three major components including raising and showing French Alpine Dairy Goats. I use their milk to sell various goat products to members of my community to form an agribusiness SAE component as well. I also currently work on my family farm and have worked for Hy-Vee in the past.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
The moment I realized I wanted to be a state officer was in 8th grade when I got to go to national convention to listen to my sister play in the band. As a nonmember, I was awestruck by the sea of blue corduroy jackets all together. Each member was uniquely their own individual, yet FFA had brought all of them together to accomplish some truly amazing feats. I also had the opportunity to listen to the national president, Riley Paggett, give his retiring speech. His speech was absolutely amazing and within five minutes I was inspired to achieve more, work harder and form connections with other FFA members.
Riley’s speech changed my life forever and this year I hope that I can help to impact the lives of Missouri FFA members the same way his speech impacted me. During my year of service, I hope to help members realize their true potential and to give back to the organization that has already given me so many opportunities.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
The person who has had the greatest impact on my life and who pushes me to achieve more every day is my mom. No matter how bad the situation is, she has always taught me that with hard work anyone can accomplish anything. She has taught me how to grow as a person, treat everyone with compassion and to never give up.
I have also always been motivated by my older sister, Elizabeth Warren. Growing up, I was able to watch her become successful and be a better person because of her journey in the FFA. Her growth and encouragement has always inspired me to reach my personal goals as well.
What are your plans for the future?
In the future I hope to earn my bachelor’s in biochemistry and go on to become a heart surgeon and practice in a rural area. I also hope to continue raising livestock and to live on a farm so that when I raise my own children, they’ll have the same small town experiences I did.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Something very few people know about me is that I was born at home with no doctor. Whenever my mom went into labor, they called the midwife but she didn’t make it in time so my dad had to catch me instead. He always joked that he was the reason I didn’t hit the ground when I was born and that he only dropped me a little.
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to FFA members is this: don’t be afraid to try something new and do your own thing! By holding yourself back, you are preventing yourself from being the best that you can be. You never know what activity, event or person may change your life forever. At the same time, you also never know whether or not your own actions will impact someone else’s life.