Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My supervised agricultural experience started when my mom came home one day and told me she had just purchased me a market lamb from a local sheep breeder. My first thought was, "What were you thinking!?" But little did I know, her decision would be one of the most pivotal moments in my life. I jumped right in and never looked back. After showing lambs for a few years I also got into showing market pigs. The experience of caring for these animals as part of my SAE opened my eyes to the world of agriculture and all the opportunities that could be offered to me.
What was your favorite FFA opportunity that you participated in?
My favorite memory that I have in FFA is competing in the Agricultural Marketing CDE. This CDE had always intimidated me because of the sheer intensity of the entire process that goes into competing in this event. But once I got started, I didn’t look back. My team placed first at the state level advancing onto Nationals. Once at Nationals it was a whirlwind of excitement and nerves as we kept advancing through the preliminary rounds and made it to the final four stage. In the end we ended up placing as National Runner Up. This is one of the biggest accomplishments in terms of success that I have had in an FFA contest. All the long nights and stressful mornings were worth it to experience the pride and joy of all our hard work paying off.
What was your favorite summer activity growing up?
My favorite summer activity would be showing at the Lafayette County Fair. I love the atmosphere of showing against other FFA and 4-H members as well as just walking around the fairgrounds looking at all the exhibits and hanging out with my friends that I don’t have the chance to see all the time.
What is one thing you are looking forward to as a state officer?
The number one thing I am looking forward to as a state officer is being able to have a voice in the work of the organization. As the FFA is a student led organization, I strive to listen to the voices of FFA members in my section as well as members across the state and be the voice that can speak for them on the State level.