Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My FFA Journey led me to having an SAE with two project areas. Part of my SAE falls under Volunteer work- Student Development, where I spend my time volunteering with my church and helping out with my local ALFA agency with their Women’s Division. The rest of my hours in this category are towards my work at home with my chickens, ducks, cats, dogs, and a bunny rabbit. The other part of my SAE is Paid Placement at Chick-Fil-A. I have been employed by Chick-Fil-A Pell City since December 2018. I am now a trainer and spend my days being able to meet speak with the public. Chick-Fil-A helped shape me to have the communication and people skills I have today.
Career/Leadership Development Events:
Going into my 9th grade year, I was pretty shy and hated speaking to people. In the first few months of school, we learned all about the FFA Creed. My advisor, Laycie Bunt, came to me and pushed me to compete in Creed Speaking where I placed 2nd at District and 4th at State. This sparked my interest in competitive events. In the Fall of 2018, I was encouraged by fellow teammates to compete in Livestock Judging. Although we didn’t place top 4, it served as an eye opener to all the possibilities FFA had to offer, even if Livestock wasn’t for me. In the spring of 2019, I competed in Prepared Public Speaking and again placed 2nd at the District level, advancing me to State. This past year, I completed in Agricultural Education where I placed 1st in the State. These completions and events helped shape me into the person I am today.
Major FFA Accomplishments:
While finishing up my 9th grade year, the past officer team for my chapter really encouraged me to run for office. As nervous as I was, I went through the interviews and ended up being picked to be Vice President as a 10th grader. That was my first big accomplishment with FFA. My second biggest accomplishment was placing 1st in State with Agricultural Education. This past year was the first year anyone had competed in that from my chapter and I just wanted the experience. When I found out I won 1st, I was shocked and excited. It was truly an amazing experience that I hope will get more involvement from my chapter in the future. My biggest accomplishment was just a few short months ago, as I was selected as Alabama FFA State Secretary. The past few years in FFA, I was told by a few people that I should run for State, where I kindly told them they had lost their minds and I would never be a State Officer. As a matter of fact, even after going through the interviews and waiting to open up the letter, I continued to tell myself I didn’t make it and I was going to be okay. When I read the letter and it said I had actually made it, I realized that God’s plan is bigger than mine and that I shouldn’t underestimate His power.
My favorite book is actually one we read in English a few years back, Where the Red Fern Grows. I love this book so much because of the dedication the boy put forth to get these two dogs that he wanted so badly.
My favorite movie is also from English a few years back. We read Tuck Everlasting in class, but the movie tied everything together and made so much more sense. Any free time I have to watch some TV, I more than likely have Tuck Everlasting on. Also, Jesse Tuck reminds me so much of my brother.
Since working at Chick-Fil-A, I learned all the in-and-outs of meals. Even on days I’m not working, I go to CFA for a Original Sandwich meal with double extra pickles, mac and cheese as my side, and a large frosted coffee with 3 pumps of vanilla and 3 scoops of cookies as my drink. It may sound really strange, but it’s the only thing I can eat every day, except for Sundays of course.
My favorite quote is, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.” by Les Brown. This quote pushes me to strive for bigger things and to test my limits.
Favorite thing about FFA:
My favorite thing about FFA is the fact that it serves as a family. FFA gave me the opportunity to find my place in this world. Going into high school, I didn’t know what I was going to do or where I was going to go. I was, in a sense, lost until the day my advisor made me compete in Creed Speaking. My entire perspective was changed and throughout the process I had a lot of personal growth. I can honestly say FFA changed my life for the better. No matter your background, there’s a place for everyone in FFA. No body judges you because your different.
Favorite FFA Memory:
My favorite FFA memory is also my most embarrassing one. It was during my 9th grade year and it was the very first event I had ever been to. We had a field trip scheduled for FFA day on the Hill. I remember getting to the AG room that day, and was the first time I ever wore official dress. However, while getting out of the car I stepped over a pothole and ripped my skirt all the way up. Well freaking out my mom went and bought a sewing kit, and I had to sew my skirt up three different times all the way to Montgomery. Once we got to Montgomery, the day went somewhat smoothly, until I fell in the middle of the street. I scraped my knee up and tore my pantyhose, re-ripped my skirt, and even scratched up my heels. By far the most embarrassing day of my life, but now it’s also my favorite memory.
College Plans:After graduating high school, I plan to attend a two-year community college to get my basics. I then want to transfer to Auburn University and get a degree in agriculture communications.