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Carisa Cleven - Vice President
Tomah FFA Chapter - Section 3
Supervised Agricultural Experience
The Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) that I focused on the most was my Agricultural Education SAE. My family lives on a dairy and beef farm, but also has hosted animal learning centers every summer since I was eight. Once I jumped feet first into FFA my freshman year of high school, I realized that these animal learning centers could be part of my SAE, and I took on more responsibility organizing, setting up, getting animals ready, and teaching people hands on about our animals. To me, there is nothing better than a smile from a child or adult alike when they are first learning how to hold a 1-day old chick or duckling! I also had the opportunity to chair a few animal learning centers for my FFA chapter. Along with all of this, I focused on educating both elementary and high school students on nutrition and where food comes from. With the help of my advisors and county extension agent, I was able to find a partnership between Tomah FFA and UW-Extension Monroe County which allowed FFA members to teach six-week nutrition programs to many elementary classrooms across our school district. Both the FFA members and the elementary students learned about not only how to make healthy food choices, but also that their food comes from some sort of farm and not just the grocery store. This program not only touched these people's lives, but mine as well.
If you had to summarize your year of service thus far in three words, what would they be? Why?
If I had to summarize my year of service so far in three words, they would be FFAntastic, Grateful, and Amazing. Every night before I go to bed, I am filled with the joy of gratitude. So far, this year has been a blessing that I am so grateful for. I am grateful for being able to work with, hear stories from, and watch FFA members continue to power through, step up to the plate, and plan events to help their community and so much more. I am grateful for nine spectacular teammates that I am blessed to call my best friends for life. I am grateful for all of the opportunities and lessons that have come my way. The list goes on and on but thank you to everyone who has touched my life, including you, so far through this UNSTOPPABLE year!!!  These people amaze me every day. This is why amazing would be another word I would use to describe this year so far. FFA members are going above and beyond to think about new ways to reach their fellow members. They are creating the good in their communities through community service. Advisors are teaching in so many ways and working day in and day out to ensure that their students have what they need. On top of this, I have learned so much from how to work instagram to better communication to facilitating workshops online. Who knew that there were so many ways to connect with others! Watching what FFA members accomplish and learning something new every day has been truly amazing! To wrap it all up, this year of service has been nothing short of FFAntastic! Now, some might be thinking that this is not a word in the dictionary and is a bit out of the ordinary. That might be true, but this year has been nothing ordinary; it has been extraordinary and calls for this extraordinary word. From working on one FFA event to attending another, sharing about agricultural education and FFA with others, to going on late night kwik trip runs to early morning walks, the time spent in and out of the blue jacket this year has been full of everything FFA: the people, the events, the lessons!!! If you ask any of my teammates, they will most likely agree that this word...FFAntastic and others like it comes out of my mouth or in an email almost every day. This is because it truly shows not only how wonderful the experience of serving others has been, but so much more! Thank you for this FFAntastic first half!!!
What is one goal you have for the last half of your year as a state officer?
So far, this year has been more than I could have ever dreamed of!!! Not only have so many FFA members stepped up to keep their chapters going and help their communities, but they have kept a smile on their face. Thank you, advisors, and FFA members for doing that!!! With all of this being said, my main goal for the last half year of my year of service is to connect with more FFA members in any way possible. FFA members are my why! I want them to know that I am here to help them along their FFA journey whatever that might look like. To do this, I will continue to come to events in whatever way is possible at the time, put on workshops, and reach out in other ways such as social media, emails, and letters. However, I also believe it is important for FFA members to meet other FFA members and know that they are not in it alone. To maintain this positivity and continue to be UNSTOPPABLE, my goal is to host a zoom hang out once a week for FFA members to come, chat, get to know others, and have fun! Hopefully this will not only allow me to connect with members but allow FFA members to spend some time with their fellow FFA members as well!
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