Vegetable Production. Through my SAE, I grow 150 tomato plants, harvest the tomatoes, and sell them to the residents and restaurants of Dadeville.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
I have loved the opportunity as a chapter officer and area officer to serve members. I enjoy putting members in positions for great opportunities and helping them find their identity in FFA. I wanted to be able to continue to do that, so interviewing for a state officer position was an easy choice.
Who is your hero and why?
Both of my parents are my heroes. They have raised me to become a hard working young man that wants to succeed in life. I have seen through their experiences what determination and dedication will do to a person’s success in life. My parents have made a lot of sacrifices to get to the point where they are today. They both dedicated countless hours to attending and studying for college. By doing that, my parents are both very successful teachers and are living a life of success. Watching them go about their busy lives has inspired me to become someone that has a purpose in life. I know through hard work, determination, dedication, and a good work ethic, I can help make the best version of myself. Also, they have encouraged me to become my own person and to not follow the crowd. That advice has only pushed me to make and find my identity as an individual.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend College of the Ozarks. I have always had a passion for agriculture and embraced working with my Supervised Agricultural Experience. My number one career goal is to attend the College of the Ozarks and major in agribusiness management. I have had a lot of experience working in the agribusiness field, and I hope someday to work in management or sales for an agriculture company.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I have an extremely deep passion for jazz and classic country music —two genres of music that are not heard of or popular to a lot of the early 21st century teens. I play the pedal steel guitar, an instrument that attracted me to the sound of country music. The same could be said for my passion of playing jazz piano. I have a deep appreciation and knowledge for music theory and history, involving jazz and country music.
Advice to FFA Members
Do not sit back and wait for the opportunity to find you. Instead, seek opportunity so you have the chance to find opportunity.