What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
My motivation to become a state officer started at a young age. I had the opportunity to attend state convention at a young age to watch relatives of mine receive FFA awards. That led me to fall in love with the sea of blue jackets because I saw an organization that shared the same passion for agriculture that I do. I knew that when I joined the FFA I wanted to make an impact in the agriculture industry and outstanding people around me. That is why I wanted to become a Missouri FFA State Officer, so that could make an impact on the lives of all the amazing FFA members in the Missouri FFA Association.
Who is your hero and why?
My hero is former President Abraham Lincoln because he had a nickname of Honest Abe. While just a nickname might be a weird reason to consider him a hero, President Lincoln knew who he was and didn’t care what others thought of him. He was an inspiring man that stayed true to his beliefs despite what others thought of him. This has shown me that life is not a popularity contest; it is about who I am and what I am going to do with my life. The greatest knowledge a person can have is the knowledge of knowing who he or she is. That is why I consider President Lincoln my hero because he showed me how to be me.
What are your plans for the future?
My future career goals are to attend the University of Missouri in the fall of 2020. I am going to major in animal science with an emphasis on beef cattle nutrition, and minor in agriculture policy. I plan to graduate college with a bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation I plan to return back to the family farm and use the knowledge that I will have obtained in college to expand and input new agricultural technologies to help the family farm prosper. I plan to start my own beef cattle operation through my SAE project, and later start my political career so I can represent the agriculture industry in government.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Something unique about me that many people do not know is that I love to sing and dance. As long as the music is playing, I will always be singing and dancing.
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to FFA members is that you should make the most of your time in the FFA because your time in this organization is limited. A few years is not long enough to reach all of the opportunities the FFA has to offer. Set your goals high and make as many friends as possible because those are the memories you will cherish forever. Don’t just participate in the FFA, be committed to the FFA!