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CHAPTER: DeKalb FFA
HOMETOWN: St. Joseph, Missouri
COLLEGE: University of Missouri - Columbia
COLLEGE MAJOR: Biochemistry
I run a beekeeping operation that consists of 17 honeybee hives. I manage the hives, extract, filter and bottle the honey as well as beeswax to sell. This led me to create my own business called Beauty and the Bees. I not only sell honey and beeswax, but also make my own beauty products out of the beeswax like lip balms, soaps and scrubs. In addition to beekeeping, I work at Tractor Supply Company.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO WANT TO BECOME A
MISSOURI FFA OFFICER?
I had never met a state or national FFA officer, but sitting at the Greenhand Motivational Conference my eyes were immediately drawn to the gold chain that was attached to their blue corduroy jackets. I was completely amazed by the officers’ ability to not only stand in front of so many people and speak fearlessly, but also by their ability to capture the audience’s attention. When they spoke, the other FFA members around me listened and were inspired by their words. The conference left a lasting impression in my mind. Fast-forward four years. I was speaking with a friend about how I had set and achieved many goals through FFA. I had just been selected as a state officer and previously had the opportunity to represent Missouri at National FFA Convention in Advanced Public Speaking and the Specialty Animal Production Proficiency. My friend asked me, “Do you think you would have become a state officer and achieved those goals if you hadn’t had people who influenced you throughout your time in FFA?” That question hit home. Honestly, if I hadn’t had my own influencers, I likely would not be a state officer today.
WHO IS YOUR HERO AND WHY?
My great-grandma GG is a World War II veteran who lived a very interesting life. She attended 23 different schools across the northern plains to Washington because her father worked for a railroad company, and they had to move as the railroad was built. She had to learn to adapt to every new situation and make friends. As a young woman, GG went to nursing school. Not only did she move far from her parents to a city by herself, but also while in school she had to work to pay for her education and boarding. She volunteered for the Army and met a young man who had 17 surgeries and was told he needed to amputate his leg. She helped to nurse this young man back to health, and he later became my great-grandpa. Not only was my great-grandpa determined to walk and farm again, but he also refused to have his leg amputated. Later, the couple moved to Kansas and farmed the rest of their lives. GG was a woman who lived life to the fullest and took change in stride. At the age of 70 she even went sky-diving. She has taught me many life lessons and is truly an example of “Living to Serve.”
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Next fall I will be attending the University of Missouri-Columbia studying biochemistry. Had it not been for my SAE, I would not have decided to study biochemistry. While I was researching beekeeping I learned that one-third of the world’s food is pollinated by honey bees, yet we are continuing to see a decrease in their populations. My goal is to work for an ag chemical company studying the effects insecticides have on insects, particularly honey bees. I hope to achieve my American Degree one day and perhaps even run for national office. Of course I will continue to be involved in FFA as an alumni member. I hope to one day start a family and instill in them a passion for giving back to the community and agriculture.
WHAT IS SOMETHING UNIQUE OR INTERESTING THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I once got to sing during the preshow of Kirby VanBurch’s Magic Show with a white Bengal tiger on stage with me.
ADVICE TO FFA MEMBERS:
Try everything because you never know what you are going to enjoy! When I first began FFA, I didn’t realize activities such as FFA camp and the Washington Leadership Conference even existed. Last year, I flew to Washington, D.C. to attend WLC as the only member from my chapter. I didn’t know anyone when I began my trip, but on the flight there I actually found other FFA members and sat with them. I had a blast and learned a lot about leadership and advocacy. If I hadn’t gotten out of my comfort zone to fly across the country to attend the conference, I wouldn’t have gained friendships and skills to become a leader.