Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My Dairy Production SAE involves working on my family's 180 cow dairy farm just outside of Arcadia. Aside from daily chores, I am able to handle much of the work with the animals, crops, and farm business wherever needed. It is my ultimate dream and goal to one day take over the family farm with my two brothers and become the fourth generation to operate it.
What is your favorite summer activity?
One summer activity I always enjoy is going to different friends' and neighbors' graduation parties. They always have awesome food, games and activities, and of course, a chance to wish the graduate congratulations. It is also neat to see people you haven't seen in awhile and catch up with them.
If you were an ag teacher, what would be your favorite class to teach and why?
My favorite class to teach would be welding. There's no better sound than laying a bead as it sounds like bacon sizzling. Plus, I love working in the shop at home and trying to figure out how things go back together. Getting to spend the day in the shop and teach students about something they can use the for rest of their life would be very rewarding.
What is one lesson you've learned from your experience as a state officer this year?
One lesson I've learned from my experience as a state officer this year has been to never underestimate yourself. As a state officer, I've been put in all kinds of different situations that at first glance, seemed way too far out of my comfort zone to be possible. Doing a chapter visit, planning and facilitating a workshop, and giving a banquet speech are all tasks that seemed a little overwhelming at first, but somehow, some way those tasks got done and I survived. Never forget that we're often capable of a lot more than we like to tell ourselves initially!