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Amber Patterson - Vice President
River Ridge FFA Chapter - Section 4
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
Diversified Livestock Production
What was your favorite tradition or annual event from your FFA chapter?
Growing up, I always looked forward to one day every fall; the River Ridge Dairy and Livestock Judging contest. The livestock contest has been hosted at my family's farm for the past 24 years. The contest allows chapters to bring students to test their knowledge learned in the classroom. I have been able to be at this contest since 7th grade and still made the trip home from school the past two years to assist my family. This truly is one of my favorite traditions and I hope it continues for many more years.
What is one thing you are looking forward to doing as a state officer in the future year?
Meeting members. I am excited to travel the state to meet members at various events. This year is truly about helping members grow as well as help myself grow. Every member has their own strengths to contribute to FFA and I look forward to see how members use those strengths to better their chapter or community. I also look forward to hearing members' stories. As every member has a different story of how they began in FFA and this year I hope to be able to hear some of those journeys.
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?
Legacy can be defined many different ways, but when I truly think about legacy the first word that comes to mind is impact. I see many different way to contribute to the legacy or to leave an impact in FFA. This impact may be showing up to every event your chapter puts on and being there wholeheartedly. Maybe the legacy you leave is being the first student to fill out the State or American Degree in your chapter, or even being the first student to work to receive the blue corduroy jacket that means so much and carries so many memories. Your legacy is what you make of it! Sit way back while not paying attention or be in the very front row showing how passionate you are the choice is really up to you, but remember younger students are watching and will remember who really showed up with a legacy to be made.