I have placement positions on my family’s diversified row crop farm where we raise rice, corn, and soybeans, and on my grandparent’s “You-Pick” blueberry patch.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
When I was growing up, my grandpa was an advisor. I spent hours on judging trips, setting up banquets, and hanging out in the shop. When I became a member myself, I instantly connected with the State Officers I interacted with because of how invested and dedicated they were to my success. As the years went on, I realized I had a passion for connecting with members and helping them discover their place not only in FFA, but in the agriculture industry.
Who is your hero and why?
My dad has always been my hero. As a young agriculturist, he encourages me to be a continual learner and explore every technique and advance available in order to be as informed as possible. My dad has taken on leadership roles in multiple different organizations on local and state levels. Throughout his years of service, he taught me the value of having a service driven heart and making deep rooted connections with the people around you.
What are your plans for the future?
In the fall I will be attending Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where I will be getting my Associate’s Degree in Agriculture. After that, I plan to transfer to a university where I can pursue a degree in Agriculture Communications. Ultimately, I want to be a hands-on advocate for agriculture, combining my passions for the industry and public service.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I LOVE musical theater. Anytime I need motivation, I crank the Hamilton soundtrack as loud as it will go.
Advice to FFA Members
Be you. There is so much value in your experiences, your goals, and your voice. Emphasizing your own talents and passions will make your FFA experience that much more impactful.