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Grace Morrissey - Vice President
Shullsburg FFA Chapter - Section 4
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 is your favorite summer activity?
My favorite summer activity would have to be showing livestock at fairs. I have always loved showing at my county fair and open shows across the Tri-State area, where I have made so many friends over the past six years showing there. But when I'm not at a show or a fair I love to spend the late nights around a bonfire with my friends. Nothing beats those late nights that turn into early mornings, laughing and making memories with your best friends, especially after a fun day at the fair!
If you were an ag teacher, what would be your favorite class to teach and why?
If I were to ever be an ag teacher, I think my favorite class to teach would be any animal or veterinary science classes. Those were my favorite classes to take in high school. I just love learning about the muscle, nervous, and reproductive systems and chemical reactions that happen in the body. These classes fostered my interest in animal science and helped me decide that I want to pursue a career as an Animal Geneticist. I would love to teach a class that I am passionate about, and I think these would be such fun classes to teach!
What is one lesson you've learned from your experience as a state officer this year?
I think the biggest lesson that I have learned this year is to not be afraid of talking to new people. As someone who can be pretty outgoing and willing to do anything, I sure do get nervous around people that I haven't met. Chapter visits were the perfect place for me to learn this lesson! There are so many people I met, that have many of the same interests as me that I never would have known if I hadn't started the conversation. So take it from me, don't be afraid to talk to new people... even if it is scary at first. You never know you are going to meet!
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