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 was your favorite tradition or annual event from your FFA chapter?
During high school, I always enjoyed putting on our Food For America program. Our chapter got the opportunity to share the diversity and expansiveness of the agricultural industry to over 200 fourth-grade students. How many opportunities do we have to reach that many community members at once? We have the ability to make a lasting impact by getting students interested in agriculture or at least to help create informed consumers at this event every year.
What is one thing you are looking forward to doing as a state officer in the future year?
First off, I am thrilled for the chance to serve members this year, it is our accomplishments and promising growth opportunities that inspire me to serve this organization wholeheartedly. With that said, I am most excited to attend chapter events and get to learn what drives members. We all have aspirations we are working to achieve, whether agricultural or other pursuits, and I look forward to being instrumental in helping members in their stories.
This year's state theme is "Our Tradition. Our Future. Our Legacy." What are some ways that everyone can contribute to the legacy of FFA and agriculture?
Maybe at this question you are sitting here thinking, "I am not going into agriculture, I am not looking to pursue a leadership position." I want you to take away this one point, we ALL contribute to a legacy. A legacy does not necessarily mean we have to be an answer to a quiz bowl question, a legacy can be a legacy to one single individual. If you take the time to ask a middle school FFA member to sit with you at your chapter meeting, you are leaving an impression with them. Maybe when that middle school student moves on to high school, they will include another middle school member and the small action you thought so little of, has carried on in multiple classes. You created a legacy of inclusiveness, helping to grow your local chapter. Not all legacies require large actions, we can continue to grow the FFA and agriculture through actions that seem as simple as sitting with a younger member.