I had a conversation with my advisor when I was in 7th grade, and he told me I would be a state officer, following in my mom’s footsteps. Little did I know his words would come to fruition.. I have been surrounded by state officers my entire life. In addition to my mom, my boss, my boss’s manager and my mentor also served as Missouri state FFA officers. The way they connect and inspire others is a quality I aspire to possess. While I looked up to many state officers, I was not certain that I wanted to run until this past fall. On the bus ride returning from the National FFA Convention, I experienced that “moment” everyone talks about. I realized that I was not ready to take off my blue jacket. I wanted to continue to work with members across the state, building opportunities for them, helping them find their passion, and building connections with people of all ages in agriculture. What motivated me to run for state office was simply the possibility of passion that I could spark, the opportunities I can build and the Silex freshman class that pushed me out of my comfort zone, inspired me to work harder and never give in.