Agriculture Education, Communications and Leadership
My SAE includes a beef production entrepreneurship project, a small flock of laying hens where I sell the eggs to urban customers and a board operator and morning show host for the KTTN Radio Station in Trenton, Missouri.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
FFA was the first place I ever felt like I could be myself. I felt included and valued, which I credit to all the FFA members, advisors and former state officers I encountered. I believe that once you overcome a challenge, it is your responsibility to help whoever is next in line—which is exactly why I ran for state office. I am motivated because of the people in this organization that took the time to include me. Now I am excited to get to know each and every one of you and help you find your place within Missouri FFA.
Who is your hero and why?
My mom is my hero. She is the strongest, hardest working, most caring individual I know. She is independent and brave and has raised my sisters and I to be like that as well. She shows us what it means to work hard and to never give up. Even with all of the scary, sad, and hard situations she went through she never became callous. My mom cares so deeply about people and tries to help every chance she can. She’s the person who buys Christmas presents for little kids who won’t have any or delivers food every week to a family whose mom had surgery. She has raised me be able to count on myself, to be strong, independent, and to never stop caring, which is why she is my hero.
What are your plans for the future?
I am attending the University of Missouri-Columbia in the fall with a major in Agriculture Education, Communications and Leadership. After I receive my bachelor’s degree, I plan on working as a social media outreach or communications liaison for an agribusiness. I hope to use my love of people and making connections to the benefit of the agriculture industry.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Something few people know about me is that I can play the ukulele. A year ago I decided to teach myself the basics through YouTube tutorials. Now, I am part of the first ever state officer ukulele duo. (Don’t tell Colin, but I think I’m the better player).
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to members is weather the storm. This is one of the many lessons my basketball coach taught me. I have learned that it applies to more than basketball. Some things in our FFA career, and in life, don’t go as planned. It is essential to be able to take the hit, weather the storm and move on to the next goal. I know how devastating it can be when you work really hard, but don’t place on a speech or your contest is just short of qualifying for state. These are the times that you weather the storm, and then you get back up and work even harder to win the next one. Use setbacks as fuel to your fire and take time to learn from the situation you are in.