About Rylee Black
My name is Rylee Black, and I am representing section 1 as the state treasurer. I have a Food Service SAE and raise beef cattle as well.† I live in Amery, WI with my two brothers and my parents on our hobby farm.I got started in the FFA with Middle School Quiz Bowl†and fell in love right from the start.† Since joining, I've tried my hand at many competitions and held office in my chapter. I've wanted to be a state officer ever since my first convention in seventh grade, so I am extremely excited to be able to serve the Wisconsin Association of†FFA!
What has been your favorite thing about this year so far?
My favorite thing about the year so far is attending events and recognizing students that I met at chapter visits and Sectional Leadership Workshops.† Seeing their smiling faces when we run into each other and catch up on their lives since the last time I saw them is so rewarding.† It is†especially rewarding to see students I have met put themselves out there and be successful with†their applications and competitions.† My favorite specific memory was meeting an FFA member at a McDonald's drive-thru that recognized me, and we proceeded to chat for the next five or so minutes until my nuggets and fries were done.
What are you looking forward to most in the coming months?
I am definitely looking forward to state convention--specifically session 6!† Not only am co-chairing this session with Ashley, but it is an energy-filled, heavily-attended†session with many exciting things going on!† I am also just as excited as you all are to find out who the new officers will be!
What do you plan to do after state office?
I plan to continue pursuing my B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota.† Over the summer, I will be taking some classes and working at a vet clinic to save up some money and gain experience in the veterinary field.† I also plan to apply for my American degree next spring.† Eventually, I hope to get into vet school to become a large animal veterinarian working with cattle and swine.
What advice would you like to leave for FFA members?
My advice is very cheesy but very simply.† Don' count the days as they go by, make them count.† Each day comes and goes, and there is nothing we can do about it except make the most of each one.† If there's something you want to do, do it.† If there's somewhere you want to go, go there.† If there's something you want to change, change it.† There's literally no one stopping you except yourself.† Often, I find myself content with what I am doing and where I am.† This good except then I eventually stop trying new things and reaching out to new people and potentially missing out on some amazing opportunities.† In summary, never stay satisfied and constantly seek out new adventures! Each day is its own and can never be repeated, so live to the max!