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Mia Hillebrand - Secretary
River Valley FFA Chapter - Section 4
mhillebrand@wisconsinffa.org
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My Supervised Agriculture Experience is Agriculture Education. My family and I created a livestock mentoring program where we raise animals for students that attend my school district that may not have the opportunity to keep livestock at their home for our River Valley School Fair. Livestock we raise are swine and Boer Meat goats. I work with students on the importance of barn management, rations, animal care, and showmanship. In 2019-2020, I had also created an Agriculture In the Classroom program for grades 2nd and 3rd with a total of 5 classrooms. I met with each classroom once a month with agriculture activities that involved food, environment, leadership, teambuilding, and more! I also was an Agricultural Independent where I helped my Agriculture Teacher prepare the classroom for the day, worked with students, and helped with paperwork.
If there is one opportunity you'd recommend checking out at the 93rd Wisconsin FFA Convention, what would it be?
I recommend meeting with other FFA members from other chapters across the state throughout the week of the 93rd Wisconsin FFA Convention. Whether it be meeting a group of members in the elevator of your hotel or walking down the halls to the next convention session, or simply introducing yourself to the person next to you at a workshop. These opportunities to meet new people and make new friends can lead to you possibly going to the same college one day or working the same job. Memories made with new friends and making connections to the same love for agriculture and FFA organization is something that will last a lifetime.
What's one of the greatest lessons you've learned serving as a State FFA Officer?
One of the greatest lessons I learned serving as a State FFA Officer was it is okay to take a break and breathe for a moment. I am a huge go getter and not really a lets take a break type of girl, but coming into college last year and then currently spending the past year as a state officer, I had realized how important it is to take a moment away from school, FFA, and the many other things I love to do. The opportunity to breathe had made me appreciate this year so much more creating the opportunity for me to be fully present.
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
I am looking forward to spending time outside and enjoying the outdoors. I am looking forward to my family's annual vacation up north to Minoqua, Wisconsin where we fish, kayak, paddle board, and swim all week. I also love to visit state parks in my area anywhere from hiking to paddle boarding or simply sitting by the lake listening to country music and soaking in the sun. I am also excited to get back to working livestock with my family members in preparation for fairs in the late summer.
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