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Sam Jesse - Sentinel
Lodi FFA Chapter - Section 6
sjesse@wisconsinffa.org
Why did you join FFA?
I joined FFA in seventh grade so I would have a club to show my animals through. Joining the FFA seemed like a natural thing to do as a young student who was passionate about agriculture. What I didn't realize as a new member was that the FFA had so much more to offer than just the opportunity to show my steers. Once I realized that I had the opportunity to grow my leadership, cooperation and communication skills I was all in!
What was your Supervised Agricultural Experience?
My SAE is in Beef Entrepreneurship. I purchased my first animal in 2010, and today have 12 head of cattle without purchasing any additional animals. I enjoy doing daily care, as well as selecting sires and creating new fences for pasture. I also have an SAE in Dairy Placement that began in 2011 when I started working on my neighbor's 65 cow dairy. When I began I was only asked to milk cows a few times a week. Most recently I was on the farm 6 days a week, doing a variety of tasks. I was even asked to manage the farm in the absence of the farm's owner.
What made you want to be a State FFA Officer?
When I was in seventh grade I attended the FIRE conference. I was on crutches and was struggling to get up to the lunch. I was falling behind when one State Officer, named Cory Brown, helped me get to the lunch area. He talked with me the whole way. It may have been a small act but it had a big impact. From that moment on I wanted to be a State Officer. I wanted to be able to have that same impact on other students, and help them to accomplish their dreams and find their passions.
If you could choose from any song in the world, what would be your theme song?
I listen from everything from Statler Brothers and Guns and Roses to George Jones and Coldplay. However, my theme song is produced by none of the above. It is instead The Auctioneer by Leroy Van Dyke. This song suits me best because it's about a young man who dreams to be an auctioneer, and through lots of hard work his dreams come true and he becomes a great auctioneer. I can relate to this song, because this is how I have felt since being elected to this state office position. I have worked hard for a long time and at State Convention my dream of becoming a state officer came true. I hope I can inspire my fellow FFA members to follow their dreams and make them come true this year as I serve Section 6 and the State of Wisconsin.