Eastern View FFA Chapter
My love for raising animals began at a very young age. When I entered the fourth grade, I began raising show pigs to be raised, shown, and sold at the Culpeper Madison Rappahannock Farm Show. When I became an FFA Member, this became my Supervised Agricultural Experience. Each year my showmanship skills become more advanced, because I learn better techniques or how to fix my mistakes. Each year, I also learned how to raise better show pigs, whether it is changing the hogs feed rations to insure they are gaining the optimal amount of weight per day, or simply learning what feeding method works the best. Raising, showing, and selling show pigs has truly taught me so much about the swine industry in the United States.
Favorite CDE or LDE:
My favorite LDE was Prepared Public Speaking. From a young age, my passion for speaking in front of large groups of people developed. In this contest, you begin by choosing a topic related to agriculture, then you begin researching, and developing a speech. For this contest you must win the Federation and Area Competitions to be able to compete at the State level. This competition has helped me prepare for the real world, and has helped me develop research skills that I will be able to use in the future. One of the neatest things about the LDE is how applicable the skills and knowledge you develop are to the real world.
My favorite FFA memory:
My favorite FFA memory is when I put the iconic blue corduroy jacket for the first time. One of my advisors asked me to compete in the Prepared Public Speaking contest, at first I was resentful, but I told him I would do it. As I walked into the storage closet, grabbed a random jacket, I was not quite sure exactly what I was doing. I slipped my arms into the sleeves, zipped the jacket up, and tucked in the tallywacker, I noticed something; the jacket fit me perfectly. From that moment on, I knew that FFA was where I was meant to be. That moment will stick with me forever, because if I never decided to step foot into that storage closet, my life would be drastically different.
My future plans are:
I will be attending the University of Mississippi, with the goal of receiving a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. While attending school, I would like to continue to be involved in student led organizations. My ultimate goal would be to serve as a corporate spokesperson, or a journalist. Throughout my life and career, I will be an advocate of Agriculture, Agriculture Education, and FFA. Due to the skills I have learned through FFA, and my strong work ethic, my goals will become a reality.
One Interesting Fact about Me:
School has never been easy for me, from a young age, my parents realized that I learned differently. After being tested, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. This is something that I have embraced about myself, even though at times it was difficult. I have learned how to overcome adversity, and grow from my struggles.