Agriculture Education, Leadership and Communications
Agriculture Education, Service Learning and Specialty Crop Production
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
Becoming a Missouri FFA State Officer was a goal I had that always seemed foreign and unobtainable. I never thought I could be that person, as I failed, was never perfect, and knew very little about the agriculture industry. However, after I had successfully completed my first week in ag class and became involved in my chapter, I was hooked. Over the years, the FFA organization has helped me find my place, voice and passion, and the blue jacket is where I feel safe, bold and confident. I was able to share my own story and work with other individuals to help strengthen my knowledge within the agriculture industry. Because I was able to find my passion, the goal I never thought I would reach was suddenly in sight. I knew I wanted to give back and help FFA members from across the state find their place in this organization and industry, and be confident in sharing their story, all while being authentically themselves.
Who is your hero and why?
My hero was, and always will be, my Grandpa Bill. My grandpa was the little old man who always went above and beyond what he was asked to do. He and I had spent a lot of time together, as he was the first one to volunteer to take me to and from school, sporting events, and any other extracurricular activities I was involved in. Any time I was to spend with him, especially the early mornings in McDonald’s, was time for a life lesson. My grandpa was a hard working, faithful, community man, who always put others’ needs before his own. He showed me the importance of being involved in my church and community, and to never give up on a task, no matter how difficult it might be. My Grandpa Bill is my hero because he taught me to be kind, respectful, fearless and to never give up on my dreams.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia to major in Agriculture Education, Leadership and Communications. Although I am not certain of my career path, my agriculture education classes have opened my eyes to the many different avenues our industry has to offer. Although I am unsure where my degree might take me, I know in some way I want to help communicate with producers and consumers about the importance of agriculture and the many opportunities it provides.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
For five consecutive summers, I participated in Theater Camp at Presser Hall in Mexico, Missouri. Those who know me know that I am quirky, but also know I can not sing or dance to impress anyone, which is why I played a character role in the ensemble within the eight total plays I did. Despite my lack of musical knowledge, I love it and found something very off the wall compared to my friends!
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to FFA members is to find a new passion and opportunity, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Finding new opportunities will open doors to new friendships, memories and connections, but will also come with many challenges and hardships. When you come across a challenge, remember your why and the end goal you have set for yourself. However, if, or when, you become overwhelmed and stressed, know that it’s okay to rest and take a break, but you must not lose sight of the reason you started and who you are. Your faults and hardships will help shape you into a better, stronger person. Stay true to yourself and know that you can do difficult things with a little hard work and determination.