Fruit and Vegetable Production as well as waitressing at a local restaurant.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
If you would have asked me on my first day of high school, “Rachel, where do you see yourself in four years?” I would not have told you serving the Missouri FFA Association as a state officer. Agriculture was just not my thing, but as I went through my own FFA journey, I experienced firsthand the joys and discomforts of agricultural life that E.M. Tiffany spoke of in the FFA Creed. I never thought I’d find my place in the FFA organization, but I did; and I want to help other members find their place, too.
Who is your hero and why?
As cheesy as this may sound, my hero always has and will be my mom. She was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. At the age of 19, she moved to the United States with a push from her father to get an education here. She learned a whole new language, became a U.S. citizen, went to nursing school, has been employed as the Director of Nursing at multiple facilities, and she is now a home health and hospice nurse. This has instilled in me a true example that with hard work and determination your goals are possible. My mom is truly living what people depict as the American Dream, and for that I will always look up to her.
What are your plans for the future?
This fall I will be attending the University of Missouri-Columbia with a major in Agribusiness Management Systems and minor in Political Science. After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree, I will attend law school in pursuit of becoming an agricultural lawyer. My ultimate goal is to one day be a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Something few people know about me is that my fingers are double jointed! It’s kinda funny when I point and people think that something is wrong with my finger. Now you won’t be able to unsee it!
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to FFA Members is to take every single opportunity given to you and go into it with open eyes. I have yet to walk out of one FFA activity and think that it was a waste of my time. Stay positive, dig as deep as you can, and have fun along the way. As cliche as it sounds, these years really do go by faster than you would think!