Riley Spurgeon, Vice President

VICE PRESIDENT 2021-2022

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Cuba FFA

HOMETOWN

Cuba, Missouri

COLLEGE
MAJOR

Agriculture Education; Teacher Certification with minor in Art

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SAE Project

My SAE consists of Entrepreneurship in Beef Cattle Production where I raise, show and sell Simmental and commercial cattle. I also have a placement in Equine Science where I work at a local equine breeding and training facility. In that capacity, I feed, pick stalls, groom, exercise and occasionally train horses.

What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?

As an eighth grader I took an exploratory agriculture science class, in which I learned basics of plant science, animal science and the overall agricultural industry. Growing up I was an active member in my local 4-H club, which gave me my start in the cattle and equine industries. My involvement in 4-H helped me develop a service-based attitude, and when membership in the FFA Association became possible, I made it a goal to continue that mindset. 

When I was a freshman and attended my first year of Missouri FFA Camp, I was inspired. I was shy, but agreed to give a speech at one of the evening events. After being encouraged by state officers, putting in work, and experiencing a new kind of public speaking, I set a goal to become a state officer. I wanted to make it possible for others to come out of their shell, grow themselves and take chances so that they might realize their potential and achieve their dreams. 

Who is your hero and why?

I don’t really have one hero, but the biggest influencers in my life are my parents. They have helped shape me and mold me into the person I am. They have always encouraged me to work hard, look to the future and enjoy serving others.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to attend college at the University of Missouri where I will major in Agriculture Education and minor in art. Beyond school, I plan to involve myself more in other organizations that will help me grow in the  agriculture industry. I also plan to put more time into serving my community and devote more time toward my faith.

What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?

Not only do I love livestock and animals, but I also love to sew and improve on my bead working skills. It is uncommon, and most of my friends call me old school, but I love spending snow days quilting and working on new projects with a good cup of coffee in hand.

Advice to FFA Members

The best piece of advice I can give FFA Members is to take that chance. If there are people willing to help you, then you can accomplish anything. Make the decision, give the speech, chase your dreams. You might need some help and guidance along the way, and it is perfectly okay. We all must learn from someone. Learn from them and apply it when you take your chance.