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Amber Patterson - Vice President
River Ridge FFA Chapter - Section 4
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
Diversified Livestock Production; Agricultural Communication; Agricultural Education
What was your favorite FFA opportunity that you participated in?
Growing up with three older siblings showing livestock, my dad being the Grant county livestock judging coach, and him helping the local FFA chapters' teams, I was always trying to find the best animals to beat everyone else. I may not have always selected the winning animal, but it is what sparked my love for evaluating livestock.. As I grew up, I realized how much time I have spent looking through red panels or standing in feed bunks to place the four animals in the pen. The big reason livestock judging is my favorite FFA opportunity is because I have met so many friends on the bus ride to the contest sites and have been able to put the knowledge learned in the classroom to use.
What was your favorite holiday tradition growing up?
Every Christmas Eve we go out and do chores before coming inside to have a warm bowl of mom's famous chili (no noodles) and cold ham sandwiches before going to church. When we return home we exchange the gifts for each other form the gift exchange and watch Christmas movies.
Looking to the future, what is one goal you have for the rest of your year serving as a state FFA officer?
This year is truly flying by. I have loved every minute of it especially getting to interact with so many great members. With the 7 months I have left as a state FFA officer, my goal is to continue to inspire members to push themselves out of their comfort zones to try a new FFA opportunity.