What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
My desire to serve as a state officer started my freshman year of high school when I first entered the FFA building. I instantly felt at home. Since that moment, I have had the chance to meet many of our past state officers. They showed me their passions for our organization and were some of the first people to believe in me. I would not be where I am today without the impact that they had on me. I want to be able to follow in their footsteps and help FFA members in the same ways that I was helped.
Who is your hero and why?
I have two heroes: my mom and my dad. From a young age, my parents were the people that instilled all of my values in me. They have shown me the meaning of hard work and have taught me how to be thankful for everything that I have. My parents have always been my backbone, and I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without all of their support and guidance. It is because of them that I have been able to pursue my passions, and for that, they will always be my heroes.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend State Fair Community College to get a jumpstart on my degree in Animal Science. In the fall of 2021, I plan to transfer to the University of Missouri to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I am absolutely terrified of turtles. It started when I was young, and it has always stayed with me.
Advice to FFA Members
Just remember that sometimes you truly do learn more from a loss than you do a win. While this might seem absolutely crazy, it is something that formed the foundation for my FFA career. All of the speech contests or cattle shows that I did not win pushed me to want to do better. They made me want to step out of my comfort zone even more so that I could succeed. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of the late-night talks with my advisor on the way home from speech contests I didn’t win or without the lunchtime speech practices throughout the year. The lessons that I have learned through my FFA career have made me a better leader, communicator and advocate.