About Ciera Ballmer
I joined FFA in 7th grade, and I was extremely excited to continue my family's tradition and wear the Blue Jacket. I quickly realized that the FFA offered numerous, unique opportunities. Ever since, I have enjoyed individualizing my FFA experience to make it truly unique and catered to what I wanted to learn and do as an FFA member. Throughout my 7 years as a Clinton FFA member, I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in Dairy Judging, Speaking Contests, Food For America, Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS), and the Wisconsin FFA Honors Band. My FFA experiences, especially my Dairy Production and Agricultural Education SAEs, helped lead me to my educational and career goals. This fall, I will be a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where I am majoring in Dairy Science with a certificate in Agricultural Business Management. After I receive my Bachelors degree, I plan on pursuing a master's degree in Agricultural Education so I can establish a career as an Agricultural Educator. I am extremely excited to serve Wisconsin FFA this year! I hope to meet as many members as possible and help FFA members be aware of their opportunities in FFA so they can individualize their experience.
What has been your favorite thing about this year so far?
This year has been filled with so many great memories, and I have loved every minute of it from running Veggie Races at Wisconsin State Fair to working with FFA members at Sectional Leadership Workshops and other FFA conferences. If I had to pick one favorite part of this year, it would have to be my Section 5 Chapter Visits. I loved being able to spend a day with each FFA chapter in Section 5, learning more about their amazing chapter traditions, and getting to know the fantastic FFA members in Section 5. From the awesome mnemonic devices for the FFA Mission and Vision Statements, many great rounds of headbands, and some great lunches with chapter officers, my chapter visit season was one I will never forget!
What are you looking forward to most in the coming months?
I am beyond excited for the 2017 Wisconsin FFA Convention! Every year I look forward to hearing the FFA Band and Choir as well as seeing the Agricultural Artwork Contest. This year I am especially looking forward to the Day of Service including the Rally to Fight Hunger! The Day of Service is a great way for FFA members to kick off convention and help build the community in the Madison area. As always, there will be many exciting service projects including the Rally to Fight Hunger for members to show how they Live To Serve.
What do you plan to do after state office?
Next fall, I will be a junior at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where I am majoring in Dairy Science with a certificate in Agricultural Business Management. I plan on continuing my agricultural and FFA journey as after I receive my bachelor's degree, I hope to pursue a master's degree in Agricultural Education so I can establish a career as an Agricultural Educator or a 4-H and Youth Development Agent.
What advice would you like to leave for FFA members?
Never be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. FFA offers so many amazing opportunities; if you take a chance and try a new thing, you can learn so much about yourself and make your FFA experience truly unique!