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Lydia Williams - Reporter
Shawano FFA Chapter - Section 8
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
As someone who grew up in town, I was never really exposed to  much production agriculture. My mom grew up on a dairy farm, and I learned a little about that side of agriculture from the stories she told me about her childhood. I always wanted to know more, and I got the chance to explore all areas of agriculture when I began to take different agricultural classes in high school. Wanting to share the joy I felt when I learned about where our food comes from or how a cow is milked, I decided to re-write a program my school once used in the fourth-grade curriculum called Adventures in Dairyland. The interactive program is designed to teach young students about agriculture in Wisconsin. I decided to make the material more hands-on and activity-based so the students would be more engaged. I then started to teach the program with other members from my chapter at the Boys and Girls Club at our intermediate school.
What was your favorite FFA opportunity that you participated in?
The events I enjoyed participating in was always any of our local activities, but my favorite was Donkey Basketball. I love to laugh, so, watching people ride stubborn donkeys around a basketball court was always a highlight of my year. And a little bit of a competition is always exciting. However, what I really adored about the games was how the whole community was brought together. The FFA members from my hometown chapter would have a team, but there were also teams of Alumni members, teachers, people from the community and many more who would join us. Along with the teams, people from all around Shawano would come to watch the show. Having the chance to see everyone come together for a day of smiling and laughter was amazing.
What was your favorite summer activity growing up?
Any activity with my family is always a blast. My favorite thing to do in the summer is to hang out and do anything with them, but what I really loved doing together was going on road trips. Whether we were going off on a twenty-minute expedition or on the road for a couple of days, the memories we made were always so much fun. Simply knowing that we had no schedule to follow meant we could be spontaneous and focus on the adventure we were on. Our goofy group always made our journeys wonderful! 
What is one thing you are looking forward to as a state officer?
Learning and teaching is a huge part of my life, and as a state officer, I want to continue learning about agriculture and the FFA. Throughout my journey, I plan to share my knowledge with members and supporters I meet. What I really want to learn about though, is everyone's story. Each of us is extraordinary in some way, and I want to hear what members have done in their chapters, communities, schools, and what makes them who they are.
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