Diversified Livestock Production, Small Animal Production, Veterinary Science
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
Throughout my year of service, I hope to meet members from all areas of the state and help them to find their places in Missouri FFA. FFA is an extremely diverse organization, and no matter your interests, everyone can find a home in Missouri FFA. I look forward to meeting with members and helping them tell their stories and advocate for our industry.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
My advisors inspire me daily. I am fortunate to have some of the most supportive advisors in the state. Each day they push me to my personal limits and work with me to develop my full potential. They have inspired me to pursue a career in agricultural education, allowing me to follow in their footsteps and influence the next generation. Both Mr. Gast and Mr. Mareth have motivated me throughout the past four years, and I know that without their continued support and advice, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend the University of Missouri majoring in agricultural education. Upon graduation, I plan to teach agriculture at the high school level and to serve as an advisor to an FFA chapter. I hope to do my part in educating the next generation of agriculturists. I have been blessed with excellent advisors, and I am excited to make my impact.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I’ve grown up not only showing livestock but judging them as well. I started livestock judging when I was 8 years old through 4-H, and I remain involved to this day. I have traveled the country with some of my closest friends to judge while learning many lessons about life. Livestock judging has allowed me to develop networks with other livestock enthusiasts nationwide. I have judged at both the Missouri FFA state contest and the Missouri 4-H contest and have advanced to judging at multiple national contests.
Advice to FFA Members
Take every chance to get involved that you can. Regardless of your interests, FFA events are aimed to prepare you for success in all aspects of life. FFA holds a special place in my heart because anyone can be involved. I love that it doesn’t matter if you live in the inner city or rural Missouri, anyone can join and find their passions. With that being said, I encourage each member to take full advantage of the opportunities that they are given. Through FFA, the possibilities are endless. This year, reach out to any of the state officers if you have any questions, and know that you have more than 25,000 other members rooting for you!