What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
It was the summer before my freshman year of high school. I was attending the Missouri Public Speaking Academy. I had no experience in public speaking, and I had never stayed away from my family. I was extremely nervous, and at first, I felt out of place in the new environment. Throughout the week, State Officers helped me prepare to deliver my speech, and they also remembered my name. They made me feel valued and made my FFA experience great. I know that I would not be the individual I am today without state officers who were my role models and supporters. Now, I want to be that person for someone else!
Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my mother. She is the definition of selfless. She works diligently to put the needs of my brother, Paden, and me first. She is also a Christain lady who lets her moral values guide her life. I hope to be just like her.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan on attending the University of Missouri to major in Agricultural Communications and Leadership. After college, I want to be an Agricultural Educator or work in Agricultural Communications. However, I will, for sure, come back to live and work on my family’s Angus cattle ranch in Oldfield, Missouri.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I love music, and I used to play trombone in my school’s band! I played trombone during middle school and high school. It was a lot of fun, and I like how the trombone is unique because it has a slide.
Advice to FFA Members
Do not get caught up on losses. Instead of measuring your success on how well you did in a competition, measure your success on how you have GROWN as an individual.