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.
I absolutely love going snowmobiling and ice fishing. I have grown up snowmobiling and go whenever I get the chance. I drive a Polaris IQ 600. My family even has a Polaris Indy 500 back from 1992. The ‘92 is a blast, and if you punch down the throttle, it still cruises at 100MPH! Lately, and especially this year, I have been very disappointed in the lack of snow that we have had down here in Merrimac WI. I’m just itching to get back out and ride the trails. Now when there isn’t snow to go snowmobiling, I love to go ice fishing. I live right next to Lake Wisconsin and go for bluegills, perch, and crappies when the ice is good and thick. Currently it’s the end of December and I haven’t even gotten to go ice fishing because we’ve had temps in the 50’s lately and I don’t trust the ice. So far, this year has been disappointing for winter activities, but I look forward to when the snow and the temperature starts to fall!
I missed out on going to the Washington Leadership Conference. When I was in high school, I was always so nervous to meet new people and couldn’t imagine going out to Washington DC for an entire week with a bunch of strangers. Looking back, I realized that I missed one of the best FFA events that FFA offers. I hear students say how much fun they’ve had, people they’ve met, and the experiences they’ve had, and I wish that I would be able to share these experiences too.
This year has been just flying by! I’ve had so much fun, been to so many awesome places, and have met many amazing FFA members. My goal for the second half of the year is to keep the connections that I have made and get out to as many FFA events as possible. The second half of the year slows down a bit for state officers and I am not looking forward to it slowing down. I want to go back and visit FFA chapters for as many extra FFA events that I can. So, if you have an FFA event that you would like for me to attend, help me reach my goal of staying busy and have me tag along at one of these FFA events.