If there would be one thing you'd recommend taking advantage of at the State FFA Convention, what would it be?
Be in the moment! State FFA Convention has so much to offer to help spark ideas for your own chapter or Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Some of my favorite parts of attending state conventions were sitting through the sessions and learning about different aspects of the FFA. I particularly enjoyed watching the proficiency and state STAR awards being announced with those candidates videos being played describing their project! Whether you will be joining in-person or virtually, I encourage you to look for ideas that you can bring to life! Community service activities, fundraising activities, Supervised Agricultural Experiences ideas, chapter t-shirt ideas, you name it! There's so much in store at the State FFA Convention and this year will be bursting with opportunities!
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
I am so looking forward to seeing the "sea of blue" of FFA jackets flood the Alliant Energy Center in Madison for the State FFA Convention! With the cancellation of last year's convention, I am thrilled to have it back on the calendar! It surely is a time like no other that gives you this unexplainable feeling of pride for the FFA organization. Besides speaking about my yearly week of vacation, I am most looking forward to enjoying this warm weather. I love to be outdoors, whether that be helping out on the farm, bringing in the next crop of hay, enjoying a good bike ride, going camping with friends, or sitting around the campfire eating smores with my family. In all honesty, I'm looking forward to getting a tan from the summer's sun again! :)
What is one piece of advice you have learned as a State FFA Officer?
Always keep moving forward. Now I don't mean all physically, but emotionally too. Don't dwell on things from the past, but learn from them and keep moving forward. We all know COVID has put a damper on many of our normal day-to-day activities, but it didn't make them impossible. I continue to be amazed at the persistence and perseverance of FFA members, advisors, and alumni from across the state. We are still playing sports, we are still attending school, we are still giving back to our communities through service projects, and we are still finding time to connect with others. As my year of service is coming to a close, I am blessed and honored to be in this position. I am astonished that this past year has flown by so quickly and keep asking myself where did the time go. With the State FFA Convention quickly approaching, a quote by Sam Levenson comes to mind: "Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going." I have learned so much from all of you throughout these past 12 months and want to thank you for making this year so memorable. I have met so many wonderful people and had so many inspirational conversations.