Beef Production, Forage Production, Soil and Water
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
My motivation is twofold. First, I enjoy the challenges and opportunities that FFA offers. It has always been important to me to share FFA with as many others as possible. Second, my Clark County FFA advisors, Mr. Lemmon and Mr. Oilar, inspired me with their dedication and commitment to FFA and their students’ success. They encourage, support and guide me in all of my endeavors. I am thankful they motivate me to serve Missouri FFA!
Who is your hero and why?
Dr. Shawn Standard of the Rubin Institute of Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore, Maryland, is my hero. When I was nine years old, I was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition called Perthes disease. Dr. Standard had faith like no other doctor I had encountered throughout the course of my journey. His faith was that he could restore my childhood and give me normalcy in my life again. By God’s grace, he put his faith into action. After two major surgeries with Dr. Standard and a lot of physical therapy, I have made a full recovery! Dr. Standard continues to operate on children all around the world. He changes lives every day. Dr. Standard, you are my hero!
What are your plans for the future?
After I graduate high school in 2020, I plan to study agriculture policy and business either at the University of Missouri or Missouri State University. After my studies are complete, I plan to either become a business owner or work with a commodity group on agriculture policy. Ultimately, I would love to takeover my family farm in Northeast Missouri someday.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Growing up, I loved hunting and fishing – especially turkey hunting! At age 13, I competed in my first ever turkey calling contest. Competitive turkey calling has since been my favorite past time hobby and I am obsessed with it! I have been blessed to compete and place at both national and world turkey calling contests. Competitive callers take competition very seriously – fine tuning the calls we use, practicing our calling months in advance, and of course putting our talent to good use in the spring turkey woods! Competitive calling has helped me over come stage fright, learn the importance of detail in presenting a sequence, and make lasting friendships with other callers from across the nation.
Advice to FFA Members
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky. There are more opportunities for FFA members to grow as leaders, agriculturists, and people than ever before. FFA members should take every opportunity they can to grow in FFA. Competing in CDE and LDE contests; applying to academies and institutes; going to state and national convention; applying for chapter, area, and state offices are just a few opportunities FFA has for its members. Make the best of your time in high school. Don’t waste a single second regretting not taking an opportunity. Take advantage of an organization that has so much to offer.