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Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My primary SAEs were dairy production placement, and entrepreneurship. For the placement aspect of my project I worked on my grandparents' farm, as well as at dairy cattle shows and sales. I also raised swine to show at my county fair, and I work at a wholesale greenhouse each spring.
What was your favorite tradition or annual event from your FFA chapter?
Each year I enjoyed our FFA week activities. FFA week was more than our chapter celebrating, it was a time for our entire school and community to participate and become involved. I enjoyed seeing non-members take part in dress up days and watching students and teachers participate in ag olympics. I also always enjoyed listening to WAXX radio each morning to finally hear the radio interviews the officer teams from Ellsworth and other schools in the listening area did with Bob Bosold, leading up to FFA week. Each year the emblem hunt was a hit, as well as finding out which teacher raised the most money for our service project and was allowed the great privilege of kissing a piglet or calf as their "reward."
What is one thing you are looking forward to doing as a state officer in the future year?
Traveling the state to meet FFA members, alumni, and supporters is what excites me the most when I think about what the coming year will bring. I can't wait to learn about other chapters in my section and around the state, and what activities and events they do that makes their chapter unique. I also firmly believe that as members "we get out of FFA, what we put into it," and that members can customize their experience to fit their interests and talents. During the year I hope to learn about how members are individualizing their FFA experience and encourage them to share their story with others, whether those other people are their peers, or even individuals who aren't familiar with FFA and agriculture.
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?
When members look at the theme this year, I hope they take the time to think about it on a deeper level than just the surface. I want members to make a connection through their experiences either with their time in ffa, traditions and the legacy of their family, or in another way. As an FFA member it is important to respect the tradition that FFA is and realize we are very fortunate to be able to be part of this organization. We also must realize it is vital that as we celebrate the traditions we are also able to create our own traditions that may carry on even after we have unzipped our blue corduroy jacket. During our time in FFA, we should take advantage of as many opportunities as we can, these opportunities are setting us up for our future. Enter these opportunities with an open mind and heart you might be on a CDE team with a future co-worker, your judge might be your future employer, that LDE you aren't sure about might allow you to develop skills which you can use in your future career, you might even meet a life long friend of 50 years at national convention like my grandpa did so many years ago. The little things we do in each activity we take part in will leave a lasting impact that members will notice in years to come.