Raising and selling Cornish Cross broiler chickens, raising Red Angus and SimAngus beef cattle, showing cattle, hogs and goats.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
When I was a Freshman, I was given advice and helped out by several state officers. As I grew up and matured, I wanted to return the favor by passing that kindness forward.
Who is your hero and why?
Pat Summitt was the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach for 38 seasons. She had the most wins in college basketball history at the time of her retirement. Pat came from a very humble background but worked her tail off to be the greatest basketball coach college sports has ever seen. She changed the sport of women’s basketball forever. Pat was diagnosed with Alzheimers and passed away in 2016, but she is my hero.
What are your plans for the future?
I will be attending the University of Missouri in Columbia to study Animal Science, with minors in Spanish and Captive Wildlife Management. I want to go on to graduate school after graduation and eventually become a research wildlife biologist. I will be studying the effects of natural predators on livestock and how to minimize those negative effects.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I love to play chess and am a huge book nerd.
Advice to FFA Members
Experiment with different contests and events to really find something that you love. I did Parliamentary Procedure my Junior year and absolutely loved it. I had no background, no experience with Parli beforehand, but I found a passion for it. If I had not, on a whim, decided to do the contest, I would not have found my love of Parliamentary Procedure. Do that, take the jump, and maybe you’ll find a new passion.