I grew up on a registered Holstein dairy farm and it is there that I found my love for agriculture. I moved to Wisconsin in 8th grade and jumped at the opportunity to be in FFA. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I joined. But I quickly learned! My advisor really pushed me to get involved and that started with my cows. My first SAE was dairy production placement which allowed me to become more comfortable with FFA and led me to become much more involved. My second SAE was in Agriculture Education. My school has always participated in a Food for America program where we bring 4th grade students from schools all around us to a dairy farm and we get to teach them about all the different facets that agriculture has to offer. But I wanted my school to get more involved in educating the younger students about agriculture, so I talked to my advisor and administration and implemented a biannual Ag in the Classroom where we teach 3rd through 6th grade students more in depth about different fields of agriculture.
My favorite wintertime activity is skiing! I don’t get to go often but when I do, I always have so much fun. The first time I ever went skiing I went with my brother we started off on the bunny hill because I was probably around 10 or 11 and then we were going to go onto the next hardest one but accidentally took the wrong lift and ended up on the black diamond! (For those of you that don’t know that is the hardest one!) There was no way off the hill except to just go down. I took it really slow the first time, because skiing can be dangerous, but after that run I fell in love with the feeling of the cold wind on my face!
I actually have two big regrets from high school. I really wish I would have done the Creed my freshman year and I also really wished I would have done the agriscience fair. In high school I didn’t really know what the agriscience fair was but this year I have learned a lot about it and really regret not doing that. I think I would have really enjoyed it! In 8th grade, when I joined I was pretty shy and it took a lot of pushing for me to participate in speaking events but they ended up helping me out so much! I wish I would have done the Creed because I think I would have broken out of my shell sooner.
My goal for the second half of my year is to go to as many FFA events as I can! I want to get to know more FFA members and make more memories. Being a state officer has been such an amazing experience thus far but it can only last one year, I not only want to get the most out of this year for myself but I want to help other FFA members get the most out of my year.