What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
When I was a Greenhand member in FFA, I met some amazing state officers who gave me the confidence and inspiration to dedicate myself to following my dreams. My hope for this year of service is that I will be able pass on this inspiration and confidence to as many FFA members as possible.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
I am extremely motivated by the future. The past has already happened and whatever it holds cannot be changed. In contrast, the future is entirely blank and yet to be written. The idea that I determine my future is fiercely empowering to me.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and major in Agricultural Education/Leadership. While I do not know the exact career I plan to go into after college, I hope to be an active member of my community and an advocate for the agriculture industry.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
My dad, both of my grandfathers and one of my uncles all share the first name Bobby. My parents planned to name me Bobby Carlyle, III, until they realized how confusing family gatherings could get having five people in attendance with the same name. So, in place of being the fifth Bobby in the family, I was named Quentin due to the Latin prefix for five being “quint.”
Advice to FFA Members
Take advantage of every opportunity the FFA offers you. After four years as a member, my only regrets are the times that I didn’t try something new because I assumed it wouldn’t be for me. Out of fear that I would fail, I didn’t begin competing in public speaking events until my junior year. I can’t help but think, “What if I had started earlier?” There will come a day when you unzip your blue jacket for the last time. When this day comes I hope that you don’t leave yourself any “’what if’s?”