Christmas Tree production and Equine Entrepreneurship
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
I wanted to serve Missouri FFA. For the past three years of my life, Missouri FFA has been my home and opened so many doors of opportunity for me. I hope that through this next year, I can help give that same feeling and provide those same opportunities to all of our members across the state. No matter if you prefer to work in the Ag shop or in the greenhouse, my goal is to make sure you feel welcome here in Missouri FFA.
Who is your hero and why?
I would say my hero is my grandpa. When I was still in elementary school, he helped me come up with, and execute, the idea of starting a Christmas tree farm. That is the same farm that has turned into my SAE my freshman year of high school. Unfortunately, he passed away the summer before we sold our first year of trees. My grandpa was an elder at his church and always went out of his way to be kind to
others. He taught me lessons that I am still learning to this day.
Advice to FFA Members
Never give up. That seems like cheesy advice you could get out of anyone, but I mean it. In life, things will come up, challenges will arise, and problems will be incurred. But when you persevere, keep going and never give up you can accomplish anything. One example of this for me has been my history of public speaking leadership development events throughout my FFA career. Up until last fall, I had never made it past a district speaking contest— that includes the Farm Bureau contest, Creed speaking, Young Farmers & Young Farm Wives as well as Division II Public Speaking. Even though I didn’t meet my goals in those contests, it taught me the lesson to never let a disappointing result stop you from reaching for higher aspirations, no matter how high they may be.