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Sarah Calaway - Vice President
Denmark FFA Chapter - Section 9
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
Beef Production Entrepreneurship and Equine Science Placement.
What was your favorite FFA opportunity that you participated in?
One FFA opportunity that I credit for changing my FFA experience forever and quickly became my favorite opportunity is the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). I had the opportunity to attend WLC the summer before my senior year of high school and I went into it like I did any other conference I had attended. I had an open mind ready to learn how to be a better leader. However, as soon as the sessions began I then knew this was not like any other conference I had ever attended it was about to change my life. By the end of the conference my viewpoint on our organization had been opened up to the diversity within FFA and I was amazed by the outstanding individuals that are also apart of the FFA. This is one conference that if I could only recommend one conference to members it would be WLC.
What was your favorite holiday tradition growing up?
Growing up I always enjoyed the Christmas season not only for the Hallmark movies but also for the time that we were able to spend with the family. One of my favorite traditions was gathering with my family in my grandparents basement after the Christmas Eve children's program at church. While we were there we would open the gifts that had been brought as well as exchange stories from the past year of ups and downs. With a large family and with owning a dairy farm it was always a blessing to be able to spend time with our family making it my favorite family tradition.
Looking to the future, what is one goal you have for the rest of your year serving as a state FFA officer?
I have to say the first five months as a state officer has given me so many opportunities to advocate for the organization that has so many avenues for members to take. My goal is to continue to advocate for those opportunities that many don't know exist in the FFA. I want to make sure that I am reaching those students who believe they have nowhere to belong and reassure them that they have a place in the FFA. My hope is to truly portray this years theme of Our Tradition, Our Future, Our Legacy to the students that I have yet to meet.