Cody Garver, VP


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St. James FFA


St. James, Missouri


State Tech


Also, Missouri Welding Institute for Welding Certifications

Cody Garver
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?

There were two main things that motivated me to become a state officer this year. The first thing was that I wanted to give back to the association for everything I had learned at all the leadership training events I attended throughout high school put on by state officers. When I first joined FFA I had a severe lack of leadership skills and public speaking abilities but FFA helped me improve those skills and go places that I would have never imagined if it weren’t for the skills I learned in FFA. The second thing That motivated me is that there is common misconception that “shop boys” cannot be leaders and being a “shop boy” myself I wanted to prove that you can be both and that it is important to understand that anyone can be a leader if they choose to be and are willing to put in the work.

Who is your hero and why?

My hero is my dad. He has helped me become the person that I am today by teaching me to try my very best and then try a little harder to become a better person. My dad has raised me to know the value of hard work and to not take things for granted or expect to have things worth having come easy.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to attend State Technical College and obtain an associates degree in agribusiness then go to Missouri Welding Institute and get my welding certifications. Once I am done with schooling I plan to travel as a combo pipe welder and own a small ranch.

What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?

Something interesting that few people know about me is that I was a long distance runner in high school.

Advice to FFA Members

Never let someone else decide how big or small your dreams should be. Create goals, be confident, put the work in and don’t let anyone stop you from making your dreams become reality.