Supervised Agricultural Experience:
I currently have two SAEs. The first one is a placement SAE at a local vet clinic in Bay Minette. I have multiple tasks at the vet clinic which include going into rooms with the doctor to help hold the animal(s), setting up and prepping for surgeries, drawing up shots, answering phones, and cleaning the kennels in the back of the clinic, or even checking people out. Ever since I was little I have always wanted to become a veterinarian, so when I became old enough, I decided to start gaining experience while still in high school. My second is an Entrepreneurship SAE. Six years ago I was introduced to showing cattle and decided I wanted to have my own farm. I started a business with my family, called Lincoln Cattle Farm, where we sell farm-fresh freezer beef in whole, half, or quarters. We also sell USDA-inspected beef piece by piece. Additionally, we sell calves from my registered and commercial herd to kids who want to show. All of my cows have been shown. I currently have 32 cows which include our bull. I have shown him as well. Our registered Hereford bull also gets rented out to other farmers for use in their herd. I also have chickens and ducks that I breed and hatch as well as sell farm-fresh eggs.
Career Development/Leadership/Talent Event(s):
I spent one year competing in Horse Evaluation. I have also competed in Prepared Public Speaking placing first in my county, then first in my district, and was able to compete at the state level. Livestock Judging is one of my favorite competitions, and I have competed in this CDE since my freshman year of high school. In my junior year of high school, I competed in Livestock Judging, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, as well as Land Judging. In Extemporaneous Public Speaking, I placed first in my county. My team in Land Judging had the opportunity to compete at state. I am currently going into my senior year of high school and plan to compete in Livestock Judging, and Extemporaneous Public Speaking.
Major FFA Accomplishments:
My major FFA accomplishments include winning my first ever cow-related belt buckle, where I won reserve champion. I served the South District last year as president and served my local chapter as secretary, junior advisor, and president. My greatest achievement so far was being elected as State President for this upcoming year.
My favorite book is “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper.
My Favorite Movie is “UP” because it teaches you multiple things. The first thing it teaches is that change is inevitable. It’s a part of life that can be difficult to face head-on and difficult to accept. Sometimes, though, you just need a heart-felt quest to remind you that it is never too late for hope. The second thing is that It’s important to enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things. The third thing It also teaches us is that the real adventure of life is the relationships we have with other people, such as friends, family, etc., and it’s so easy to lose sight of the things we have and the people that are around us until they are gone.
My favorite meal is quesadillas, refried beans, and Mexican rice with sour cream, guacamole, and queso.
“Never turn your back on an Angus cow” Dr. Yon Pol
My favorite song at the moment is “Traveling Soldier” by the Dixie Chicks.
Favorite thing about FFA:
My favorite thing about FFA is that no matter who you are or where you come from you are welcome. I also love how if you truly become involved in this organization, then it will constantly push you outside of your comfort zone and build your premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. FFA can open you up to new opportunities every day that can benefit your life
Favorite FFA Memory:
My favorite memory was the summer before my freshman year of high school. The Ag teacher at the high school, whom I had known since I began showing cattle, invited me to go to state convention with his officers. I was so nervous heading to the school to get on a bus with complete strangers. I remember walking up the steps on the bus and immediately everyone was welcoming and so excited to meet me. This is my favorite memory because for the first time since I started showing cows I felt accepted. For the first time, I didn’t have to hide who I was. I immediately was welcomed into the family with open arms.
I currently do dual enrollment in high school and plan to continue to go to community college one year after I graduate high school to get my basic classes out of the way. I then plan to transfer to Auburn University and major in poultry science and eventually earn my degree in Veterinary Medicine, so I can work with large, small, and exotic animals as my career.