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Menomonie FFA Chapter - Section 2
Supervised Agricultural Experience
Beef Entrepreneurship, Diversified Livestock Production Placement
Favorite FFA Activity
Dairy Cattle Evaluation Career Development Event
Career Goal
Embryo Transfer Specialist
Why you wanted to serve as a State FFA Officer?
I wanted to become a state officer for the Wisconsin Association of FFA because of those who have come before me and shared their passion for the FFA. My mother had served as the first female FFA President in the Menomonie Chapter her senior year of high school and it brought my family great joy when I was elected President of my chapter in 2015. A picture that comes to mind when I consider just how deep of an impact the FFA has made on me is one that was exhibited by a special newspaper write up during National FFA week last year. When we look at this picture, we see my mom and I wearing our blue corduroy jackets with the gold stitching of President across the front. We will also see my mother's FFA advisor, and retired agriculture teacher of 50 years alongside my own FFA advisor and agriculture teacher. This picture speaks volumes to show just how powerful FFA and the agriculture industry is and how it ties all of us together. In this simple yet memorable picture, there are countless memories, contests, conventions, county fairs, and banquets that can be retold, relived, and cherished all the same. Ingrained in this picture are generations of lessons learned and a truly remarkable passion for the FFA Organization. However, there is more to this picture than what meets the eye. You see, my beloved grandmother had passed away the same week this picture had been taken, and when it was printed in the paper, her obituary was as well. When we hold this newspaper article up to the light we can see her picture shine through the middle of the articles picture, directly between my mom and I. When most people look at this article they see three generations of agriculturalists, but I can also see three generations of my family, a family that has been built around agriculture, farming, and the FFA. It is because of those who have come before me and shared their passion for the FFA, and the ones who are next in line that need a helping hand is what made me want to serve as a state officer for the Wisconsin Association of FFA. I feel that impacting others in a way that allows them to see the potential for not only this association, but within themselves in life is key to being a leader, advocate, and member of the FFA for generations to come.
What was your favorite part of the 90th National FFA Convention?
During the 90th National FFA Convention, the officer team had the chance to aid in committee work, network with other state officers from across the nation, and listen to retiring addresses as well as very moving keynote speakers. The most memorable part however is when the National Officers recognize their families and share a piece of their lives with all of us in a way to give thanks to those who have supported them through the years. It is always very touching to see that simple gratitude portrayed to so many, and is a nice reminder to give thanks to the people who have invested so much love and support within our lives.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Growing up as a triplet made the holidays an exciting time of the year! Looking back over the years I'd have to say that my favorite tradition would occur during Halloween when my brother, sister, and I would dress up in matching outfits. The most memorable one would be during one of our first Halloweens, when we were all dressed as matching strawberries… Based on the family photos of this event we were not too thrilled to be strawberries for the day, but always gives us a good laugh when we sit down and look through old photos.