Supervised Agricultural Experience:
I did not grow up on a traditional family farm. Nine years ago, my grandma had a set of twin ram lambs born in the middle of winter, and she asked me if I would be interested in showing them at the Pierce County Fair that summer. I wanted to try something new, so I responded "Yes!". I showed those lambs at the fair that summer, and ever since then I have been hooked on livestock. Soon after that fair, I decided that I wanted to start my own hobby farm. I started out raising sheep, and within the past three years, I decided to diversify my farm and added cattle and goats. I raise and sell these animals specifically for showing purposes. I was able to start a program within my county to help younger members show and learn about these animals if they are unable to afford and or do not have the space to house these animals.
What was your favorite FFA opportunity that you participated in?
I was fortunate to be on the Parliamentary Procedure team in Ellsworth for all four years in high school. When I was a freshman, I was a very shy girl, and I would only talk to the people that I was friends with. When I joined the parli pro team, it pushed me to come out of my comfort zone. Because I was put on that team, I am able to communicate effectively with others and feel comfortable speaking in front of crowds. It has also taught me about hard work, dedication, and working and growing as a team. I am beyond grateful for my advisor for introducing me to this contest, as I was able to learn and do something that I love and enjoy teaching others about.
What was your favorite summer activity growing up?
My favorite activity in the summer when I was growing up was camping with my family. My sisters, mom, dad, and our dog would spend the weekend in the woods living in a tent. I have loved the outdoors since I was little, my twin sister not so much. We would spend the weekend fishing and making way too many s’mores for a single person to eat in one sitting. Our camping trips were always a blast and a great time for family bonding.
What is one thing you are looking forward to as a state officer?
I am looking forward to being able to visit each and every chapter within my section. I am excited to meet hundreds of students and learn about their passions. I was able to find my niche within FFA and share my passion with others. I want to help others find their niche within FFA and help them share their passions throughout their chapters and communities.