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Emily Kruse - Parliamentarian
Elkhorn FFA Chapter - Section 10
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My SAE consisted of an array of different activities. My main focus was agricultural education and leadership, in this SAE I raised chickens and put on educational presentations about them for our community, coached other FFA members who competed in the FFA Creed Speaking LDE, and developed student management skills through my work as a Water Safety Instructor.
What is one lesson you have learned as a state FFA officer?
This year has taught me more than ever, the importance of building connections. It is easy to see how much impact you can have by simply remembering someone’s name, maybe ask how their SAE is going or if they got into the college they desired. As I travel around going to multiple events, I am normally the odd duck out, meaning I have no prior friendships established at this events. Even for me at these events, it is much appreciated when someone goes to strike up a conversation with me. Being able to start a conversation, talk to someone new or recall a tid bit of information has proven remarkably beneficial.
If you could be any food, what would you be and why?
My food of choice is fairly specific, Culver’s Custard. Here in the midwest, we are well-aware of the restaurant franchise, Culver’s. Not only are we aware of Culver’s but most of us are very prideful of its Wisconsin origins! The best part of all, is that Culver’s is a dedicated supporter of FFA on the local, state and national level as well as an advocate for our farmers! Due to Culver’s wonderful support of agriculture and delicious foods, I would love to be Culver’s Custard!
What is one opportunity that you'd recommend trying at the Wisconsin FFA Convention this June?
Walking down the long hallway of the Alliant Energy Center, you may see a series displays set up about local chapters. These chapters were selected as outstanding programs for the year. Take a moment to check out these displays to see what other chapters around the state are doing, maybe you will find your chapter’s next big event!