What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
When I began FFA, I always looked up to the state FFA officers as people that I could trust and go to for advice. They were positive role models to me, and they were committed to putting the needs of the members before their own. Ever since then it was my goal to be able to do the same for others.
Who is your hero and why?
My hero is not just one person but rather my entire family. They have always been supportive of all my decisions and are there for me after a long day to cheer me up. I look up to each person in my family for a different reason, but at the end of the day they are each a hero to me.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia to study ag education and communications. My goal is to one day be employed by an agriculture-based company or organization so that I may use my skills to advocate for agriculture.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Not many people know that I shot archery competitively for three years. Growing up I was constantly outside practicing and would even go squirrel hunting with just my bow and arrow. Although I do not have as much spare time to practice anymore, archery has been an important part of my life.
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to FFA members would be to have an open mind in all you pursue this year. Be willing to try new things and push yourself out of your comfort zones. You may be surprised by the outcome. FFA is a great organization, but you will only gain from it if you are willing to put in some effort first.