2022-23 Officers

Malerie Schutt, VP
Jun 01 2022

Getting Involved in Summer FFA Activities

With the school year coming to an end, summer is probably the most prominent thing on your mind at the moment. If you’re anything like me, summer is the best time of year — no school, warm weather, late-night drives, time with friends and family, and more. But with all that, the summer activities FFA has to offer are considerably the best part of my summer schedule every single year. The excitement it brings me to meet new people, do things I have never done before, and learn new things about myself, this organization, and the agriculture industry is incredible. The opportunities offered this summer are endless! FFA camp, for example, is a great way to explore new interests and make connections with different people. 

 

Personally, Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence (HYPE) was one of my favorite summer FFA activities I have ever been a part of. This academy will test your limits as it challenges your speaking and research skills, integrity and credibility. This isn’t just the only activity I have enjoyed doing, however. From FFA Camp, Area Officer Institute, HYMAX, and MAbA, the doors are opened for everyone with interests of all kinds. 

 

FFA members, while it might be intimidating to join something that’s new to you, I strongly urge you to participate in at least one activity this summer that you wouldn’t typically partake in. One thing to remember is the only way to grow is by embracing change, if you stay comfortable with the normal, there is no growth in the process. As one of your  Missouri FFA State Vice Presidents, I would like to say how ready and excited I am to serve you this upcoming year. Let’s kick off this new year with an amazing summer filled with growth, new friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime! 

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Jodi Robinson, Secretary
Jun 01 2022

Discipline Gets You Where Motivation Can’t Take You

Jodi Robinson

When preparing for state officer interviews, one of the prep questions I was asked was, “What would you consider your motto or something that you live by?” I was slightly taken aback as I hadn’t really ever thought about the question and even more by the fact that I didn’t have a quick response. I stood there and I pondered. “What is something that I live by,” I asked myself. Eventually, a few things came to mind — one of them being, discipline gets you where motivation can’t take you.

 

We often hear a lot about motivation. It is everywhere in our culture. Motivational speakers, videos, and quotes, the list goes on and on. Many times these motivators are useful and will get us engaged in whatever we are trying to accomplish. We can all think of a time where motivation got us started, but there had to be something more to get us to keep going. Maybe we decided that we would start a regular workout routine or that we were going to get caught up on all of our homework. It quite possibly could be something bigger, like becoming a state winner in a contest or proficiency. These decisions likely were made by a motivating factor. At some point though, we will need to step beyond motivation and tap into something more, something bigger. This is where discipline comes into play. 

 

Discipline is the ultimate factor in making sure we will achieve what we set out to achieve. This type of discipline is controlled behavior. We are not letting ourselves get distracted from the end goal and are taking all the steps we know are necessary to get there. We get a workout partner that makes us go to the gym, we have someone check on us to make sure our homework gets done, and we study long and hard so we know our contest inside and out. These are the actions that help us complete tasks and that get us where we set out to go. 

 

Motivation is great, and gets us doing what we might  never have tried otherwise. However, discipline is worth more. Discipline is hard, but it is what it takes to achieve everything we know we are capable of. Tapping into it or not can be the difference between finding what we are good at and never knowing our full potential.

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Jacob King, VP
Jun 01 2022

Finding Your Place in FFA

Jacob King

Missouri FFA Members, I am truly honored and delighted to be serving as one of your new state FFA officers. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be able to serve and interact with FFA members from across this great state. I have a feeling that this year is going to be another remarkable year for Missouri FFA, and I am very excited to see the progress and impact this year’s state officer team is going to have. 

Finding your place in the FFA will open your eyes to countless opportunities and make your FFA experience worthwhile. I know from being a Greenhand that it is difficult sometimes to realize your place and passions within agriculture and FFA. Luckily, FFA offers a variety of leadership opportunities, career events and skill building workshops that are developed to help us find our place. Career Development Events and Leadership Development Events provide us with a variety of options that can enhance our knowledge, leadership, career and communication skills. Personally, I have competed in the entomology contest and various speaking competitions. I’ve seen first hand the improvements and new skills I have acquired because I applied myself to those contests. Competition can really help you discover your passions and talents, but if those opportunities are not for you, that is okay. Supervised Agricultural Experiences also provide a way for you to develop your skills. My SAE is in vegetable production. Through my SAE I plant, maintain, and harvest 150 tomato plants, along with several other vegetables. My SAE has taught me wonderful life skills such as marketing, communication and responsibility. It has also helped me develop career goals I would eventually like to pursue. The good news about SAEs is the diverse interests the experiences help members explore. If you are struggling to find your place or passion in FFA, an SAE project can help open new opportunities for you. 

Members, I challenge you to discover your place in FFA. Set goals and work to achieve them this next year. Don’t wait for the opportunity to find you. Seek out ways FFA can help you discover your niche!

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Cody Garver
Jun 01 2022

Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Like a lot of people in this world, I hate trying new things. Foods, processes, activities are all things that I am not very adventurous with as I prefer to stay with what I already like and know; those things I’m comfortable with. However, these last four years as an FFA member have taught me the importance of new experiences because to grow and become a better person, you must first do things that make you uncomfortable.

 

A wise man once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always be where you’ve always been.” It was October of my sophomore year in high school when I learned the truth of this statement for I was about to do what seemed to be the unthinkable for myself. I had never given a speech before, and I was afraid to even attempt as I had bombed the FFA Creed my freshman year and struggled to give a two minute presentation in class. But my advisors signed me up for fall speaking and encouraged me to compete. I was scared to death, but I decided that I would just do my best and accept whatever the result was. I wrote my speech a month early and practiced and revised it over and over again until the day of the area contest came. I went in the room and delivered it to the best of my ability. I won the contest that day and went on to place first at districts, qualifying for the state competition. In two months, I went from not being able to give a speech at all to feeling comfortable with delivering a talk to anyone.

 

Throughout the experience, I learned that you can do just about anything you put your mind to if you are willing to put in the work and embrace what’s uncomfortable to you. FFA members, dream big and never let someone bring you down or tell you that you can’t do it. It might not be an easy path to travel, but if you push yourself to do the things that you aren’t comfortable with, you will find yourself standing in places you thought you would never be. This next year I challenge you to try something new with your FFA career and go chase your dream whatever it may be!

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