Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My two Supervised Agricultural Experiences involved dairy cattle and horses. My first SAE, Dairy Production Placement, focused on showing managerial cattle from a local dairy farm as well as judging dairy cows through the dairy cattle evaluation CDE and through 4-H. My second SAE, Equine Science Entrepreneurship, was centered showing horses as well as working at an equine boarding facility assisting with training horses of all disciplines and completing chores at the stable.
What is one lesson you have learned as a state FFA officer?
The biggest lesson I have learned as a state FFA officer this year is that the world is so much bigger than ourselves, and this year as a state officer is all about what I can pour into others rather than what I can gain from this year for my own personal benefit. We all have the chance, each and every day, to change the lives of everyone we encounter with small actions that lead to monumental impact. We should not ask ourselves “What can I get out of this?” but rather “What can I give to leave something better than I found it?” For me, this year has been about continually pouring myself into all FFA members that I meet. My focus has been on having meaningful conversations, building incredible connections that will last long after I have hung up my blue corduroy jacket, and leading others to discover their true potential.
If you could be any food, what would you be and why?
For anyone who has met me this year, they might remember that I LOVE pineapples! I would be a pineapple out of any food because one of my favorite quotes is: “Be a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.” Standing tall means standing up for what you believe in, chasing your dreams, getting back up when life sometimes knocks you down, and supporting your friends, family, and yourself no matter how hard it might be. Wearing a crown is about being humble but knowing your value. Be confident in who you are and stay true to yourself. Being sweet on the inside means loving and respecting all kinds of people. Be the person others aspire to be while always striving to be better than the person you were the day before. Using the symbolism of the pineapple is a great way to live as a kind, confident, and respectful human being. On top of that, pineapples are so cute and sweet!
What is one opportunity that you'd recommend trying at the Wisconsin FFA Convention this June?
This year at the Wisconsin FFA Convention, we have a lot of fun things planned for social media and interactive activities! Throughout Convention, we will have a Social Media Challenge that everyone can participate in. As you participate in the challenge, be sure to tag Wisconsin FFA in order to be featured on the Wisconsin FFA Instagram and Snapchat stories! My teammates and I are planning on hosting a scavenger hunt around the State Convention grounds and will be challenging members to find artifacts and areas of Convention that focus on this year’s state theme: Our Tradition, Our Future, Our Legacy. If you are an avid Snapchat user, Wisconsin FFA will be creating filters to use while you attend State Convention! Finally, there will be many fun activities that take place before each Convention session such as Kahoots focused on the state officer team and FFA trivia, and a live Twitter feed that will be displayed on the big screen for members to tag Wisconsin FFA and be featured on our Twitter page!