Supervised Agricultural Experience:
When I grew up I didn't come from a farm or have any background in production agriculture. Instead, I was raised in a rural subdivision. In my 8th grade Introduction to Agriculture class, I thought to myself, "What would I do for my SAE?" I realized after talking to my advisor that I already had a foundational SAE raising backyard chickens, managing lawns, and taking care of my parent's wildlife property. Later in high school, I had the opportunity to gain knowledge in production agriculture by raising and showing swine and dairy heifers. As a state officer, I look forward to meeting with FFA members to help them discover a foundational SAE and become immersed in their programs.
What is your favorite summer activity?
I love to go up north to my grandparents cabin. Their cabin is in Drummond WI which is about 45 minutes north of Hayward WI. They are nestled on a little lake called Pigeon Lake (Never have I seen a pigeon there). When we're up there, I always like to go fishing, look for bears, go four wheeling, and buy chocolate fudge from Trembles Chocolate Shoppe in Hayward. It's always a good day at the cabin, and each day ends with a campfire and S'mores.
If you were an ag teacher, what would be your favorite class to teach and why?
I really enjoy hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. I think my favorite class to teach would be a Wildlife Management class. When I was in high school, this was my favorite class because we had the opportunity to taxidermy squirrels. Mine didn't turn out very well at all. Teaching a wildlife class would be fun because it is something I really enjoy and would be able to bring real world experiences and stories to the class.
What is one lesson you've learned from your experience as a state officer this year?
Expect the unexpected! Even before COVID, I always tried to expect the unexpected as a state officer because a plan is only a plan until it isn't plan A anymore. It was crazy what would happen at a chapter visit, workshop, or other team event. Some of the unexpected that I've heard are when students ask the wildest questions at a chapter visit, but these were always the best moments of a chapter visit. Another unexpected event for me was when I was selected to be a "groupie" for our skit at the Halftime Conference. To fit the part the best way I could was wearing very short shorts, a rainbow fanny pack, and a mullet wig!