Supervised Agricultural Experience:
I have developed my Supervised Agricultural Experience in the Diversified Horticulture area through my involvement at a local flower shop, Alma Blooms, as a Shop Assistant and Wedding Florist. I was hired at Hy-Vee Floral in 2019 where I have worked as a Floral Clerk and was recently promoted to Floral Designer. In addition, I worked at a local vineyard for one summer as a Vineyard Laborer. I started my own business, 2nd Street Daylilies, in 2017. I raise, hybridize, and sell daylily plants to my community.
What's one thing you're looking forward to this year?
The one thing I am looking forward to the most is meeting FFA members from across the state. I can't wait to learn more about what motivates FFA members and how their unique experiences have prepared them for the future.
Describe your perfect summer day:
I wake up to a beautiful 80℉ day with little to no humidity and a nice breeze. I have waffles and bacon for breakfast with my family. Then, we head out to explore some antique shops around us. After the day of cute finds, we make it home. I go to a friend's house to spend the evening playing cards or Jackbox.
What's one item you've kept in your FFA jacket pocket and what's its significance?
Personally, I like to keep my jacket pockets as empty as possible for simplicity's sake, but there have been many items I have collected that I keep in other places. For example, I keep my Washington Leadership Conference key with my car keys. I keep it on my keychain so I am able to see it even on the days that I am not sporting my blue corduroy. As many of you might know, the key from WLC looks vintage. I often tell people that it is for a treasure chest. I envision that inside this metaphorical treasure chest is the impact I could make. I imagine the treasure chest still locked, but beams of light shining through all the cracks from all the gold. I think of the key as the experiences and skills I have collected because of FFA. Now, my challenge is to take my experiences and skills and use them to unlock the impact I can have as an advocate for agriculture education and the FFA organization.