My first SAE program is Agriculture Education and consists of developing lessons and activities for an array of different ag ed programs. I was a certified “Ag Ed on the Move” educator and coordinated my chapter’s Middle School Ag Club as well as many summer programs for local daycares. My second SAE program is and consists of raising five to six steers for meat production. I select the steers, purchase feed, monitor nutrition, contact customers and deliver the final meat product.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
I wanted to become a state officer because I wanted to meet members and make genuine connections. I remember how much I looked up to the state officers while I was a member. I remember watching them make connections and serve members without missing a beat, and I wanted to do that myself. I want to be a positive role model and a true friend to every member that I meet during my year of service!
Who is your hero and why?
As cheesy as this may sound, my one true hero is God. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that He has a greater plan. Throughout my life I have failed many times and experienced many trials, but no matter what I am always reminded that He has a plan, even if I do not yet know what my part in that plan is. He has always been there for me, forgives me and always reminds me to serve selflessly.
What are your plans for the future?
I will attend the University of Missouri and pursue a degree in agriculture education – teacher certification. I will become an ag teacher and FFA advisor at a high school in Missouri with the hopes that I can do my part in inspiring the next generation of leaders in agriculture.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I am an avid fan of The Office! Seriously, I am an Office nerd. I have watched the show eight times all the way through, and it still never gets old. So, I apologize in advance if I make far too many Office references throughout the year!
Advice to FFA Members
Always remember that no matter your role in FFA or in agriculture, you matter. Self-confidence is something on which I am still working, so my best advice to FFA members is to stay true to yourself and remember that you are needed. Don’t ever change who you are to fit in. FFA and agriculture need all kinds of kinds, so have confidence and remember how important your role is!