My SAE includes diversified livestock production where I raise llamas and rabbits for show and pet qualities. On top of that SAE, I have worked with Agriculture Education on the Move and Agriculture Innovators Experience to bring agriculture lessons to students all across the state of Missouri.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
Members of FFA past and present have been driving forces in my desire to become a state officer. When I have been faced with tough times in my life, FFA members have always been there to support me. Having the opportunity to expand the range of FFA members that I can support is the goal, while advocating for Missouri youth in agriculture.
Who is your hero and why?
From a young age, I have always viewed my older sister as my hero. She had a rough childhood but never let that stop her. When she finally found traction in her life by being adopted at the age of 14, she began to raise livestock and be an active member of the agriculture industry. While I admire her drive to be an agriculturist, the reason that I view her as a hero is her love of people. She never met a stranger and always treated others with the utmost respect. I strive to have the same positive attitude toward life as she did.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall and study agriculture education, with a minor in international agriculture. After graduation I plan to pursue a masters in international agriculture and work for a non-profit teaching agriculture overseas or teaching agriculture at the high school level.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
My family revitalized a program at our local college for international students in 2012 called Adopt-A-Viking. Through Adopt-A-Viking, we have hosted more than 10 international students from all over the world. Throughout the past seven years, I can truly say that many of these students have turned into family. Due to our experience with international students, we have been involved in two mission trips overseas and plan to take many more.
Advice to FFA Members
Always be mentally and emotionally present. Whether it be in class when your agriculture advisor is giving valuable life advice or on the bus ride to a contest, those memories and experiences are valuable. You only have four years as an FFA member to leave a legacy. It is so easy to go through the motions, but always be invested in being the best FFA member that you can be at all times. Instead of worrying about the outcome, worry about the investment that you are making in your future.