My Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) has consisted of poultry production. I raise laying hens and sell their eggs to customers in my community. My project has taught me the importance of dedication and time management. Regardless of the activities I had in the evenings, my chickens had to get the care they needed. I also work as a waitress at a local restaurant.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
I remember attending my first State FFA Convention, and watching my older brother receive his State FFA Degree. I remember watching the state officers rush through a tunnel created by the members on the floor. The roar of excitement was contagious. I was yelling and clapping despite the fact I had no idea what was going on. At that moment I thought how cool it would be to be one of those officers. That thought left just as soon as it came, and I continued with my day. My freshman year rolled around and at a Greenhand Motivational Conference, I was given a note card and assigned the task to set three goals for my FFA career. The thought of being a state officer began to swirl through my head yet again. I quickly wrote it down and continued with the workshop. Fast forward several years. With many contests, conventions, barnwarmings, wins and failures behind me and the goal of becoming an agricultural educator in the future, I am here serving you. I believe by being a Missouri State FFA Officer I will only grow more as an agriculture advocate and help spark the same hunger in younger FFA members.
Who is your hero and why?
I have many heroes, so it is hard to put my finger on just a single person. Of course, my high school FFA advisor, Tiffany Kauffman, is one. She pushed me when I said absolutely not. She knew I could when I thought I couldn’t. She rejoiced with me when I succeeded and helped me understand when I didn’t.
Along my journey, my English teacher and cheer coach, Cathy Rahder, taught me that I have the power in myself to accomplish anything I set my mind to.
Then, there is my grandmother. Everyone calls her Nanny. She has been extremely strict, but she’s taught me that my value lies within myself. She has instilled in me to be thorough and think things through to separate good from evil.
I also have been so lucky to have a great-grandpa. He has taught me to just take life in stride. He doesn’t get excited about much of anything and believes life has a way of working things out. He, too, was once an FFA advisor.
What are your plans for the future?
My future plans include attending Ozarks Technical Community College on the A+ Scholarship to take my General Education courses. Then, I plan to transfer to a four-year university to obtain a degree in agricultural education. I hope to pursue a career as an agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I share a birthday with both my cousin and my younger sister. We were all born on March 18, but in different years!
Advice to FFA Members
My no. 1 piece of advice is to pay attention to what is happening around you. I think that is the most important thing to learn. FFA has many members that will never farm or be involved in agriculture in any way. However, the values learned in this organization will serve you for a lifetime. Be a team player, put in the time, be yourself, stand out, be a leader when no one else will and always expect the unexpected. Don’t ever give up, always see something that didn’t go the way you wanted it to as a growth opportunity!