I joined FFA my freshman year of high school, just like all members of my family had. I was a 3rd generation FFA member following in my great grandfather, dad’s, and my older sister’s footsteps. I never expected this organization to have the impact on me that it did and now as I earn my American FFA Degree and hang up my FFA jacket for the last time I look back on this organization and think about how blessed I am.
This organization allowed me to discover my passion and voice for advocating for the beef industry. Through FFA, I was able to find my dream school, “GO BUCKS,” make friends from all over, including my best friend, who later turned into my roommate, and made amazing memories along the way.
My great grandfather was the first person from the Loudonville FFA chapter to earn his Ohio State FFA Degree, and as his grand-daughter, I am honored to be the first in my family to earn their American FFA Degree. Earning this degree showcases everything this organization was able to teach me and everything I can accomplish. I am honored to earn this degree, and there isn’t a bone in my body that isn’t excited to get my hands on that golden key.
We join FFA because we care about agriculture in some way, shape, or form, but we stay because of the deep passion we discover inside ourselves along the way. All I have to say is thank you, FFA, for the memories, friends, and lessons learned and one last thing…GO BUCKS!