My SAE consists of my agribusiness, Sugar Creek Apiaries, which is a honey production and processing enterprise. In addition, I run a social media page to inform my consumers about the vital role animal pollinators play in production agriculture.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
Becoming a Missouri FFA state officer has been a goal that I sought for the majority of my time as an FFA member; however, it wasn’t until this past summer that I realized why I wanted to serve the members of our association. As I traveled across the state attending the various leadership development camps and academies, I had the opportunity to meet countless members who each had a unique impact on my life and shaped my journey to where I am. Notably, Public Speaking Academy was the moment I, with the influence of some amazing individuals, found my purpose as a member of our organization and decided that I would be running as a Missouri FFA state officer. In my opinion, the ability to watch other members grow into capable young leaders is one of the best feelings in the world, and I cannot wait to watch each and every member grow and discover his or her passion for our industry throughout the next year!
Who is your hero and why?
James Roy, the son of Canadian Immigrants, moved to Missouri when he was two years old. Although he faced great adversity during his youth, he became a pillar of his community after leaving home. My grandfather, or “Poppy” as we liked to call him, was one of the hardest working and wisest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He displayed his compassion through his faith, loyalty, and love for others, even when he was a little bit grumpy. As an entrepreneur and inventor, he knew the value of a good dream and the grit it took to make it a reality. While I was only able to grow close with him during his final years, he taught me to always shoot for the stars and to never give up on myself.
What are your plans for the future?
I am currently planning to attend the University of Missouri – Columbia, where I will major in agribusiness management and minor in public policy with a track in pre-law. I then plan to continue my education in law school for an intended career as an agricultural estate attorney.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Although I am very interesting and unique, there are not very many things that only a few people know about because I talk ALL of the time; however, fun fact: I can name more foods that I dislike than I like.
Advice to FFA Members
Never apologize for who you are! Something that I struggled with for a long time was being who I am and not who others wanted me to be. As an underclassman, I was always concerned with how people would perceive me or my abilities; however, I have come to realize that you should always be your authentic self. If you haven’t yet, you will soon learn that comparison is the thief of joy. Always remember, only when you stop trying to fit the mold of who others think you should be, rather than who you are, can you reach your full potential.