JUNE 1, 2017
ELISE BAILEY - VICE PRESIDENT


As this school year comes to an end, and chapter banquets, award ceremonies and graduations are underway, it is easy to have a mindset of reflection. Whether you are reflecting on your failures or successes, the people you have met along the way, or maybe your growth as an individual, keep in mind that even after the ups and downs, you’ve made it! Another year is in under your belt and now it is time to say, “What’s next?”

Many of these events mark the end of the year, but they also mark the beginning of a new year. It is important to reflect on the past, and likewise, look ahead to the upcoming year and all that is in store. Now is the time to set new ambitious goals, and make the plans to meet those goals. Tell yourself one thing you look forward to and more importantly, how you plan to make it the best experience possible. There is no better time to make your dreams become reality, and I have faith that you can make it possible.

Many will get caught up in how the year is over and be sad that it has come to an end. I challenge you to instead be eager for the start of a new year.


JUNE 1, 2017
JUSTIN BELEW - VICE PRESIDENT


From the moment we are born, we are asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Throughout our lives this phrase seems to haunt us, whether we know the answer or not and becomes increasingly more difficult the older we get. As FFA members this choice becomes more urgent as ‘the real world’ comes into sight. I know for myself I didn’t realize I wanted to continue in a production agriculture lifestyle until my senior year of high school when I began to work more alongside my dad on the family farm. It is a-ok to not know your complete life path from the get-go, but it also never hurts to try new things that may spark a new passion.

A good friend once told me, “Life is like driving down a country road at night, the headlights only shine so far.” As FFA members, we have endless opportunities within this organization to try something new. Whether that is presenting a speech for the first time, traveling to FFA camp during the summer or beginning an SAE, we all have the chance to create a spark that could make those headlights brighter. Branching out is a challenge in itself, but the result could help you discover what you want to do for the remainder of your life. FFA members, I challenge you to do something you have never done before, because you never know the passion it may spark.


JUNE 1, 2017
DAKOTA ALLEN - VICE PRESIDENT


The end of the school year…these past few months have been a whirlwind of “lasts” and excitement. It has been hard to go to all of these lasts: my last marching band parade, my last chapter banquet, my last day of school. I never thought these activities would have such a huge impact on my life. That’s the thing about ending a chapter of your life, you look back at all you have done in that chapter and determine how it affected your life.

I am thankful for the opportunities I took advantage of as I look back at my high school career. I have thought a lot about what advice I would give my younger siblings when they reach their high school careers. There are so many opportunities in high school. As FFA members, we have even more opportunities before us. I urge you, when an opportunity presents itself, to seize it, because you never know how that opportunity will affect you. You won’t succeed in every opportunity you pursue, but every failure presents an opportunity to learn. Even this summer, you will be given many opportunities, so take advantage of them. You will not regret it. I hope when it comes time for you to turn to the next chapter of your life, you don’t look back and see missed opportunities.

I am so thankful to have yet another opportunity to serve Missouri FFA as one of your Missouri State Officers. I am excited for this summer, meeting FFA members from across Missouri, helping with Public Speaking Academy and attending my first FFA camp.

 


JUNE 1, 2017
CHAD LAXTON - VICE PRESIDENT


Recently, members all across the state of Missouri came together for the 89th Annual Missouri FFA Convention. Thousands of dedicated Missouri FFA members gathered into one domain for many different reasons. Some may have attended to compete and further develop their skills, while others utilized their abilities to advocate for agriculture. No matter what their task at convention, each member demonstrated an act of hard work and dedication to get them to this event. It is obvious to anyone that in order to reach success, you must provide a consistent amount of practice and dedication.

State FFA Convention has been one of my favorite events throughout the past four years, simply because it is a time that members are rewarded for their success. As the days of this event progress, members have the opportunity to see the idea, “hard work results in success,” come to reality when hundreds of members walk across the iconic convention stage and receive recognition. This is an electrifying time for those being recognized and truly makes me proud to be serving the members of Missouri FFA in the upcoming year.

When the convention comes to a close and the final session is adjourned, members begin to feel relieved and overjoyed that all of the stress leading up to convention is finally over. Although, convention is over we must not forget the hard work we provided to get us to that point. I encourage everyone to never lose their passion and to always remember what this organization has to offer. We must continue to demonstrate the same commitment we put towards a successful convention to all other activities throughout the following year. If we all strive for success and implement hard work into our chapters, the upcoming year will be prosperous and Missouri FFA will rise!

 


JUNE 1, 2017
ABBY BERTZ - PRESIDENT


Whew, another great school year has come and gone—in a hurry I might add! With the 89th Missouri State FFA Convention, spring contests and our final 2016-2017 classes behind us, we can start getting excited and thinking about all the summer FFA activities awaiting us! While you may not be in the agriculture classroom everyday this summer, FFA can still be at the forefront and bring just as much excitement as it did throughout the school year.

As an incoming freshman, I remember being SO excited for my first real FFA activity—FFA Camp. I will never forget the camaraderie formed on the bus all the way to Camp Rising Sun. My chapter sang our hearts out the whole time and a few of us might have lost our voices by the time the two and half hour drive came to an end. Whether you’re attending your first FFA Camp or your last, I hope you not only meet many of new people and are inspired and motivated for another year in FFA, but also you cherish those fresh donuts in the dining hall too—my personal favorite.

Whatever you do this summer, whether it be working with your SAE, attending HYPE, MAbA, camp, or the various other FFA conferences and academies, I hope you do it with your all. Unlock your potential and you create memories to hold onto throughout your FFA career and the life ahead.