I was born and raised on my family’s small beef farm which was where my interest in agriculture was sparked. After joining the FFA in the seventh grade, I wasted no time in starting my SAE on the family farm in Beef Production Placement. I grew from observing the daily operations of the farm to now being able to run all aspects of the farm as the need arises. I later expanded my SAE as I started my own beef herd which has now grown to 20+ animals. I have also been employed by several local dairy farmers for the past 4-5 years where I gained very valuable experience on many different operations.
All throughout High School, Basketball dominated my life through the winter months. Basketball was and still is my favorite sport and any chance that I get I join a pick up game or a scrimmage! And even though graduated a couple years ago, I still enjoy going to watch high school basketball games and cheering on my alma mater!
Looking back, I wish that I would have pushed myself harder in the area of Leadership Development Events (LDE’s). I participated in Extemporaneous Speaking for two years which help me a lot but I regret not trying Parliamentary Procedure, Discussion Meet, and Employment Skills. I know that those events would have really helped me in different aspects of my life and I would encourage current high school members to push themselves in the area of LDE’s!
My goal is to encourage and help FFA members prepare for and excel in Leadership Development Events and Career Development Events this fall. LDE’s and CDE’s were not only some of my favorite events throughout my FFA career but also some of the most impactful as they taught me skills that I will use throughout college and into my future career.