What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
I truly believe the drive to serve others is what really motivated me to run for a Missouri FFA office. Last year, I was honored to serve as one of the Area XIV Officers and this was truly a year for personal growth. Serving the members not only in my chapter, but also the members that made up the Area XIV Association was something I loved doing. Missouri FFA has given me so many opportunities and allowed me to grow as a person. The thought of being able to give back to the organization that made me who I am and serve members all around our state is ultimately what motivated me to run for office.
Who is your hero and why?
My older sister Emily has and probably always will be my hero. She is not only my role model in life, but also my No. 1 supporter. She has had her fair share of hardships and disappointments, yet she has never asked for sympathy. Something you don’t know about Emily is even though she is two years older than me, she is still a few inches shorter. So when I say I look up to her, I am looking down. Jokes aside, Emily not only inspires and motivates me, but also everyone she encounters. She is able to balance college and a busy schedule and still manages to excel in everything she does. I strive to be more like my sister every day, and I am so lucky to call her my hero.
What are your plans for the future?
In fall 2019, I will be attending Columbia College in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree. I then plan to work toward graduating as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Nurse. My goal is to work at Boone Hospital and care for newborn babies that need some assistance getting their little lives started.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
A fun fact about myself is that I own a small walk-in greenhouse. My passion for growing plants started back in my sophomore year of high school when I purchased a jade plant from our Chapter Greenhouse sale. Later that summer I entered it into the Missouri State Fair where it placed in its class. Unfortunately, my jade plant did not make it home from the State Fair that year. As a result, I went to the nearest WalMart and bought another jade along with several other plants that were just “too cute” to pass up. My greenhouse is now home to roughly 40 different types of plants, and I have started propagating numerous jade plants, African Violets and aloe vera plants. I have loved getting to grow alongside them for the past three years.
Advice to FFA Members
Embrace every moment in the jacket. There will come a day that you unzip the blue corduroy for the last time, and when that moment comes, you will want to reflect on all the experiences and memories you made while the jacket was zipped. FFA is like a slow cooker, you get out what you put in. The more you’re involved with, the more experiences you gain. Just like in a slow cooker, the more ingredients you put in, the more flavors in the end. Do not be afraid to take chances. Interview for that position. Give that speech. No matter what the outcome, you will gain so much experience that will last much further then the time you spend wearing the jacket.