Barista at The Human Bean; Raise Jack Russell puppies; Harvest pollinator seeds
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
My older brother Justin has always been an introvert. After his enrollment in agricultural education, he found his home within the blue jacket. Justin gained confidence and pushed his comfort zones, which led him to grow in new directions. Without his advisor and peer leadership, his experience would not have been the same. Seeing the positive impact that FFA and state officers had on Justin’s life inspired me to help others grow in the same way.
Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my older sister Jacqueline. She previously served as a Missouri FFA state officer and seeing her impact on members helped me realize the importance of being a servant leader. Jacqueline always sees the positive in every situation and creates sunshine wherever she goes. She even overcame hip surgery and ran a half marathon! Her determination to accomplish goals shows that with dedication, anything is possible.
What are your plans for the future?
I will be attending the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall where I will major in agribusiness management. While I’m unsure exactly where that will lead me, I’m interested in working in policy for an agricultural organization in Washington D.C. as well as working in marketing for agriculture products.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I once piloted an airplane! My family was on a trip in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where we visited an air museum. The museum was offering sightseeing flights and I was astonished to discover that the passenger got to sit in the copilot’s seat. As we were in the air, the pilot looked over at me and said, “You wanna fly this thing?” Naturally, I couldn’t say no and for about two solid minutes, I was truly flying!
Advice to FFA Members
Be present in everything you do. I’m guilty of saying phrases like, “I can’t wait until summer!” It’s so easy to always be looking ahead that we forget to embrace every moment. Whether it’s working on your SAE or connecting with members at FFA Camp, this organization provides countless opportunities. What’s important is living in the moment and making every second count to be the best version of you possible.