What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
My desire to become a State FFA Officer began at state convention when I was a freshman. It was the first time that I really had the chance to interact with the officers, and I found them all to be really charismatic individuals who were truly living to serve Missouri FFA each and every day. I saw the passion that team possessed and realized that I wanted to be a part of the state officer program in the future as well.
Who is your hero and why?
My personal hero is my great grandpa, Dick Kientzy. Some of my first memories are when I was about 5 years old and going to the field with my grandma to give all of the people working their lunches. What stuck out to me about Dick was no matter how urgent his task was, he always made time to stop and talk to me and ask how I was doing. In addition to his ever-present kindness, I have never seen such a hardworking man. When Dick was 85, he would work equal hours to my grandpa and uncle, which demonstrates character that I can only wish to possess someday.
What are your plans for the future?
Following graduation from Mizzou with a bachelor’s degree, I plan on entering the workforce for an agriculture company. My degree is aligned with a career pathway in the merchandising or marketing field, so I hope to seek employment at someplace like Bayer or ADM. In addition to employment, I also hope to remain close enough to home so that I can continue to take an active role in our family farm, where we raise row crops, beef cattle and hogs.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
One interesting thing that sets me apart from many of the other State Officers is that I never served as my chapter’s president. During my time at my chapter, I served as the treasurer my junior year and the vice president when I was a senior.
Advice to FFA Members
I believe that the most important thing for all FFA Members to remember is that no matter how bad things may look, don’t get discouraged. I have had plenty of failed speeches and interviews in the past four years. I know firsthand that if you keep your head up and use your failures to improve, only good things can happen.