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.
If there is one opportunity you'd recommend checking out at the 93rd Wisconsin FFA Convention, what would it be?
There are so many opportunities at State Convention! How could I name just one? One of my number one recommendations would be to make sure your schedule is jam packed! Plan ahead of time and write down what you plan to do each day. Seek out the workshops, competitions, and parts of the expo that you are wanting to go to to make sure you make it to everything. If I had to choose only one opportunity, I would recommend watching any of the Leadership Development Events you plan on competing in during your high school career. Watching these top notch competitors at the state level, let's us know what we have to strive for ourselves. These contests take place on Tuesday morning on June 14th.
What's one of the greatest lessons you've learned serving as a State FFA Officer?
The greatest lesson I have learned while serving as a State FFA Officer is that knowing your "why" fuels you when you need it most. As a State Officer, there are so many incredible moments and memories that are made, but there are also a handful of challenges along the way. For many of us, it can be easy to let these challenging moments frustrate us so much that we forget the bigger picture. One thing I have learned to combat this is to keep why I am serving as a state officer at the forefront of my mind. Knowing that I am serving as a state officer to help any member in any way I can keeps me motivated and allows me to appreciate the phenomenal FFA members along the way.
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
What I am looking forward to most this summer is exactly that: summer! It'll be time to get back to the bonfires, concerts, kayaking, baseball watching, fair going good times. I look forward to soaking in one last summer at home as I hope to spend my future summers in agriculture education internships for which I will live in an apartment that will not be in my hometown. I also am looking forward to preparing to move to campus at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for the first time this fall!